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A fresh thought came to mc the 
other day as I sat in the church service. 
It was in the form of a question, 
"Does Goci deal in the realm of the 
square?" My initial reaction was yes. 
After all, square is a positive concept 
to mc. It means to be conventional 
and conservative and that is good. But 
I could not think of any passages from 
the Bible or think of any of the works 
of God that involve squares. 

So I put my wife to the test and she 
came up with one use of the term— the 
reference to the New Jerusalem talks 
about the city foursquare. Then I 
turned to my faithful concordance and 
there I found that Ezekiel used the 
word "square" on three occasions in 
relation to a building. 

Now I am not ready to give you 
some great profound truth that is new 
or earthshaking but it was a fresh 
thought to me. Man is much more 
square-oriented than is God. If you 
look around you will see that the 
works of man fall into squares and 
rectangles. My office is filled with 
books— all squares or rectangles. This is 
true of my file cabinets, desk, pictures 
on the wall, windows, doors, book- 
cases, room shape, calendars, awards 
and radio— all squares or rectangles. 

These thoughts were reinforced as I 
looked down from United flight No. 
699 over Indiana the other day and 
there it appeared again. Mankind had 
put each of the farms into boxed units 
and man's hands had done it again. In 
contrast, seldom do we see the same 
pattern of squares and rectangles in 




Charles W. Turner 
Editor 



God's works. Nature, the handiwork 
of God, is different. Have you ever 
been hit by a square raindrop or a 
rectangular snowflake? If mankind had 
been permitted to prepackage them, 
squares and rectangles would have 
been the result! A lake is not square 
nor does a mountain stream run in a 
straight line. How about a nice square 
tree? They just do not exist. A nice 
square leaf?— forget it, because they do 
not come that way from God. Animal 
life offers examples of God's creative 
imagination. Think for a moment of 
the camel or the hippopota- 
mus . . . and is not the elephant a rare 
sight? God created a turtle, and what 
about an ant? These are just a few ex- 
amples of how God uses variety in His 
creation. 

Now for the prime illustration of 
variety— and indeed there are no 
squares or rectangles involved. Take a 
comfortable seat in the shopping mall 
and watch humanity march by. The 
entertainment is unreal. You can pay 



Does 
God 
Make 
Squares? 



good money to be entertained else- 
where but the show will not be as 
great They are tall, they are short, 
they are slim and they are broad. 
Many people go to the zoo to watch 
the monkeys play. Did it ever occur to 
you that the animals stop and look 
back? The sights on the outside of the 
fence must indeed amuse them at 
times. 

God does not make every Christian 
look alike or talk alike. He does not 
even ask us to use the same methods, 
and have all preachers use three-point 
outlines. We do these things to con- 
form out of fear that we might be dif- 
ferent The Spirit of God uses persons 
and personalities. He never intended 
for us to be all uniform rectangles and 
squares. He does want us to follow 
some identical steps such as salvation 
through His blood, obedience to His 
Word and loyalty to His person. 

Then there is variety as we exercise 
our freedom within His teaching. We 
are different because He made us dif- 
ferent and each person can grow and 
mature as he permits himself or herself 
to be led of the Holy Spirit. 

Paul teaches us that we are all part 
of the body of Christ and have gifts 
that enable all of the body to be 
served. As Christians with the same 
Saviour, there is unity, but also diversi- 
ty and that is as refreshing as the vari- 
ety of snowflakes. God does not deal 
in the area of sameness or monotony 
and make all squares and rectangles, 
but molds by His Spirit creating 
beauty through variety. 



COVER: 

Cover photo: A photographed painting of 
the first Brethren baptism of eight believers 
in 1708. 



rpDort^d in the herald 

35 Years Ago- 1943 

L L. Grubb, pastor of Hagerstown, 
Md., church returned from Pennsyl- 
vania with a 150 lb. buck. He invited 
the members of the church to din- 
ner. ... Dr. Kenneth Monroe was in- 
vited to serve as pastor for the year 
1943 at the La Verne. Calif., Brethren 
Church 

15 Years Ago- 1963 

Robert Kern is recuperating from an 
emergency appendectomy in Phila- 
delphia and Lester Smitley supplied 
the pulpit for liim at the Third 

Church Simon-Pierre Nambo- 

zouina, Brethren pastor of our Beta, 
CAR church was guest speaker at 
Johnstown, Pa. 



5 Years Ago- 1973 

Three of the largest presses in the 
United States are printing Living 
Bibles turning out 300,000 weekly, 
the demand still exceeds sup- 
ply. . . . Dedication of the church 
building site was held at Susquehanna 
Grace Brethren in Pa. George Willielm, 
pastor. 



Volume 40 Number 1 January 1, 1978 

Published on the first and fifteenth of 
each month (except— one issue only in the 
months of April, August and December) by 
The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 
P. 0. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Printed by BMH Printing 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Artist, Timothy Kennedy 
Production Manager: Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 
Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 
Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 
l\/lissions: Dr. Lester E, Pifer. WMC: Linda 
Hoke. 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona 
Lake, Ind. Published by the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company, P. O. Box 544, 
1104 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. Subscription prices: $5.00 a year; 
foreign, $5.75. Special rates to churches. 
Extra copies of this issue or back issues are 
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age paid, with a minimum order of four 
copies. Please include your check with 
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contents 

4 ROOTS: REDISCOVERED 
6 THE DIRECTOR'S THOUGHTS ON. . . 
8 WHAT CAN THIS LADY TELL YOU ABOUT MISSIONS? 
10 ANSWERED PRAYER IN PANA LAND 

15 WMC: HOMESPUN 

16 I WAITED PATIENTLY FOR THE LORD 

19 PERSEVERE TOWARD LIFE 

20 CE: HOW TO FIGHT THE UNCOMMON COLD 

22 ALTERNATIVES TO ALL-AMERICAN BUM MARRIAGES 

"'"ih features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • BMH News Report 12 • 
• As We Go to Press ... 24 • 



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letters 



The Next Issue of the Herald . . . There will 
be a tribute to Dr. L. L. Grubb. We thank the 
Lord for the many important contributions 
this man of God made to the Brethren 
Church. . . . The Johnstown flood of this sum- 
mer brought much suffering and loss to 
several of our Brethren churches in that area. 
What happened and what are some of the les- 
sons learned from the incident? It appears 
that we should have some form of infor- 
mation center to aid in dispatching help to 
troubled Brethren in time of emergency. 
Many would be willing to provide relief, but 
how can this service be provided? Watch the 
issue for some questions and possible sugges- 
tions.-C\NT 



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foreign missions 



In the early morning hours of an 
unknown day in 1708, eight people 
made their way to the river— the Eider 
River in Schwarzenau in the province 
of Wittgenstein, Germany. These cou- 
rageous eight were daring to breal< 
with the prevalent tradition of infant 
baptism by being baptized as believers. 

The lot fell upon one of the men to 
baptize Alexander Mack, who then in 
turn baptized the remaining seven. A 
spiritual movement began which soon 
touched nearby towns and villages 
such as Marienborn, Epstein and 
Krefeld in an area of Germany long 
known to be open to the working of 
God's Spirit Persecution was aimed at 
this growing body of Christians whose 
motto, "The Bible, the whole Bible 
and nothing but the Bible," set them 
apart from many in the institutional 
church. For the institutional church, 
creeds, traditions and worship forms 
apparently were more important than 
a deep personal and liberating knowl- 
edge of God's truth in Jesus Christ. 

In God's providence this growing 
body of "Bruder" (Brethren) chose to 
leave Germany, going first to northern 



Holland and then to Pennsylvania. 
From their new beginnings in German- 
town, near Philadelphia, the move- 
ment spread across the New World. 

It was 243 years after that humble 
beginning in Schwarzenau that my life 
was eternally changed by Christ. As a 
public testimony of the inner working 
of God in my salvation, I was baptized 
at the age of eight in the Harrah Breth- 
ren Church. My baptism as a believer 
was not an American tradition, but 
had its historical roots deep in German 
soil. Those original eight had found 
their precedent, not in Germany, but 
in a personal study of the commands 
of Christ and the actions of the early 
church. 

Today, in Germany the tradition of 
infant baptism lives on and "institu- 
tional Christianity" is no more able to 
give spiritual life through infant bap- 
tism today than it was in 1708. Many 
people falsely believe that their eternal 
position before Christ is secure be- 
cause of the physical act of sprinkling 
performed when they were only a few 
days or weeks old. To introduce be- 
lievers' baptism into a body of Chris- 
tians in Germany raises the thought 
immediately that this practice is an 
"American tradition." 

Because this thought was present, I 
introduced the message on September 
25, 1977, with the above historical 
roots of my own baptism. Strictly 
speaking, I was baptized in a spiritual 
movement traceable to Germany. 
When we as Americans introduce be- 
lievers' baptism to Christians in Ger- 
many, it is not the beginning of a prac- 
tice traditionally American— but is 
founded in the New Testament and 
was rediscovered by Germans in 1708. 



The photographed painting shown on the cover 
depicts the first Brethren baptism in Germany in 
1708. The painting is part of a mural which illustrates 
the early history of the Brethren Church. The mural 
is on display at Camp Mack in Milford, Indiana. 



Significant historical events don't 
happen often in our lives, but the first 
baptismal service in our church in 
Stuttgart, Germany, was a red-letter 
day on the calendar of Brethren his- 
tory. A group of eight believers had 
requested to be baptized. Careful plans 
were laid over the summer months. 
The equipment was secured and on 
that last Sunday morning of Septem- 
ber, 116 people gathered in our audi- 
torium to witness this testimony of 
God's working. Most likely, more than 
90 of those present witnessed their 
first believers' baptism. 

in the first part of the 1'/? hour 
service, four of the baptismal candi- 
dates shared clear personal testimonies 
of their conversion experience. The 
message from the Word, "A Baptism in 
the Early Church," was from Acts 
8:29-40. 

And then there were tears, singing 
and holy rejoicing as Jurgen Grun, 
Beate Grun, Heidi Bosch, Thamara 
Peter, Roland Bosch, Evi Bosch, Gerda 
Wagner and Dan Peter were baptized. 
Everyone remarked on the deep sense 
of God's presence and working during 
this service. 

All of the worshipers were then in- 
vited to remain for the festive meal 
and an afternoon celebration of joy 
with much singing, sharing of testi- 
monies, greetings and prayer. A signifi- 
cant day of God's great blessing— not 
soon to be forgotten by those who 
were there. 

It is hard to emphasize how impor- 
tant this day has been in the establish- 
ment of a local church in Stuttgart. 
For nearly two years the topic of bap- 
tism has been discussed, prayed about 
and anticipated. At times it was very 
hard to wait for the spirit of God to 
work in people's lives and bring about 
the spiritual understanding of the 
issues at stake. 

We rejoice to report God's victory 
without the loss of a single person who 
had been skeptical about the issue over 
the last two years. How wonderful to 
be able to share that the next bap- 
tismal service will be held in mid- 
January of 1978. Pray with us that 
these services will become regular 
events on our church calendar as more 
and more people come to know Him 
and desire to give public testimony 
that they belong to a new Master. 



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Central African Empire 

Mission Aviation Fellowship is now providing plane 
service for our mission in tlie Central African Empire. 
How do our missionaries rate this new service? Well— on 
this subject there is no doubt as to their opinion. Almost 
every letter received from Africa since the plane went 
into service contains glowing accounts telling of the 
merits of the plane. 

We receive testimonies such as the following: "At the 
senior supper that the missionaries gave for students, the 
two African teachers gave their impressions of their first 
airplane ride. Wish you could have heard it. They, Martin 
(Garber) and Donald (Miller) went in the MAF plane to 
give the Bible Institute entrance exams throughout the 
field. What a change! Saving time and wear and tear- 
that really is a first." 

"I want the office and Boa''d to know that I appre- 
ciate the effort they are making to get this service (MAF 
plane) for us. Saving time and strength in this way will 
prolong the time we can spend here in the work." 

You must understand that the service is presently on 
an experimental basis as the Foreign Board evaluates the 
cost and value of an airplane in mission work. So the 
message from missionaries is coming through loud and 
clear. They think the plane has already proved its worth 
and usefulness as an effective tool. 

Between the lines, I read a heart-cry from our mis- 
sionaries. That message reads, "Don't permit this project 
to fail— we need it and promise to use it as good 
stewards." Their fear is not unfounded, since the project 



is expensive. Our commitment to MAF is $40,000 
toward the purchase of the plane. Runways must be 
built They cost at least $1,000 each. Then there is radio 
equipment for communication with the plane, plus a 
seat rate on every flight to care for maintenance and 
replacement. 

If you want to help guarantee the continued use of 
the MAF plane in Africa, you can do so by contribu- 
tions. Just mark gifts "plane project" so that our finan- 
cial department will be able to credit funds to the proper 
project. 



Argentina 



It isn't planes that we're concerned about in Argen- 
tina—it's automobiles! Ordinarily, vehicles on the mis- 
sion field are replaced on a rotating scticdule. However, 
the decrease in missionary personnel in Argentina for a 
number of years and then a sudden, wonderful gain of 
five first-term families created a bit of a problem. 

It was hoped that existing vehicles could be repaired 
and kept running until replaced, year-by-year. But now 
the vehicles on hand are beginning to cost more in main- 
tenance and repair than they are worth. They must be 
replaced. 

An immobile missionary is a most inefficient crea- 
ture. The very nature of his position demands much 
travel. Perhaps some church would like to sponsor a 
vehicle for Argentina. 



foreign missions 

Puerto Rico 

The Norm Schrocks will begin their work in Puerto 
Rico on January 13. Let's uphold them in prayer as they 
move to the island and enter into a ministry of disciple- 
ship and church planting. 

Germany 

Anyone familiar at all with the history of Christianity 
in Europe cannot help but realize that baptism is a con- 
troversial subject. The Anabaptists were considered 
heretics because of their belief in adult baptism and their 
practice of re-baptism. The Protestant persecution of 
European Christians was at least partially motivated by a 
dislike for those who insisted on baptism by immersion. 
That feeling has not entirely disappeared in Europe even 
after all these years. 

It is indeed a major breakthrough for the work in 
Germany to have those who confess Christ as Saviour 
also willing to give testimony to their faith through bap- 
tism. Eight believers were baptized by trine immersion in 
Stuttgart by our missionary, Roger Peugh. It is not with- 
out significance that the number baptized was eight— the 
same number as the original Brethren group baptized in 
the Eider River at Schwarzenau in 1708. 

BEST Seminarv 

This new seminary, created to serve all of French- 
speaking Africa, began classes on October 24, 1977. It is 
the first evangelical graduate school of theology on 
African soil. The initial class has a total of 18 students 
representing four countries: Chad-1; Guinea (West 
Africa)— 1; Zaire— 6; and the Central African Empire— 
10. 

Dr. Don Hocking, serving under the Foreign Mission- 
ary Society of the Brethren Church, is on part-time loan 
to serve as professor in this historic venture to train 
evangelical leadership for the church in Africa. 



Remember to pray for BEST (Bangui Evangelical 
School of Theology). The school lists three urgent 
prayer requests: 1) a building contractor; 2) a bilingual 
secretary (French/English); and 3) Building funds 
($200,000). 

The Orient 

In 1923, the Brethren Foreign Missionary Society 
established a mission in Kansue, China. Unfortunately, 
that work had to be terminated within a year due to 
health problems of the missionary. Since that time, the 
Brethren Church has had no work in the Orient. 

The Foreign Missionary Society is ready to move in 
that direction again. However, to date, there arc no 
candidates on the horizon who could be ready to open 
new fields in that part of the world in the next three 
years. For Brethren Foreign Missions to have no work 
for Christ in any of the major cities of the Orient is 
deplorable. Is there one among us who is ready to serve 
Christ in Asia— w/////?^ to make the sacrifices demanded 
for a missionary career— or able to learn any of the com- 
plex languages? 

Surely that love for Christ and the pioneering spirit 
that led missionaries into our nine existing fields still 
simmers in the heart of Brethren young people. May it 
soon burst into flame and lead to missionary commit- 
ment. 



Language 



Fifteen of our missionaries are presently in language 
school— two in Germany, nine in France, four in Argen- 
tina. All reports from them are good. They like the com- 
munities where they are living, they feel that they are 
making good progress in their studies, and they have no 
complaints about their living conditions during this 
temporary step on the way to their missionary assign- 
ments. 

But, I'm sure that there are those days of frustration 
and discouragement. The pressures of a whole different 
way of life, on top of the burden of learning a new 
language, must weigh heavily on the human spirit at 
times. They need our prayers. 



RAB 1977 




elief 



gency 




Balance on hand as of January 1, 1977 
Gifts received as of November 30, 1977 

Total 

Distributed: 

Medical Assistance Program 
World Relief Commission 
Food for the Hungry 
Johnstown Flood 

Total 

Balance as of November 30, 1977 



rethren 



$ 1,000 
$ 3,000 
$ 1,000 
$15.653 



$10,338 
$13.833 

$24,171 



$20.653 
$ 3,518 



Regular gifts designated "RAB" and given through the local church or sent 
directly to FMS will make it possible to respond to emergencies when they 
occur. 



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What Can This^Lady Tell You about 

MISSIONS? 




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A short, gray-haired lady of 89, 
Florence Bickel's crisp brown eyes still 
dance when she smiles. And that hap- 
pens a lot! Her mind and her sense of 
humor are both keen, and it's fun to 
talk to her. 

Florence has quite a story to tell. 
She is a retired missionary. 

On January 17, 1923— she remem- 
bers the date without even thinking— 
she left for the mission field in central 
Africa. While in her second year of col- 
lege, she had expressed an interest in 
missions and was told, "If you are in- 
terested in missions, take the medical 
course." So Florence, being interested 



in missions, took the medical course. 

Several years later, having arrived 
on the field, she was put in charge of 
the medical dispensary— dispensing 
four kinds of medicine and the Gospel. 
There was a medication for ulcers, one 
for sores and general cleansing, one for 
colds, and one for sore eyes. The 
natives had to be very selective with 
their ailments! 

And what was it like working in a 
medical dispensary in central Africa in 
1923? Well, to start with, that "dis- 
pensary" was actually the front porch 
of a toolshcd. But there, standing on 
the porch shaded from the scorching 



African sun, Flo Bickel learned a lot 
about the African people. 

As the nationals stood waiting for 
their medical care, they often did a 
little food-gathering. Sticking straws 
between the cracks in the floor, they 
would bring up ants, put them in bags, 
and later take them home to fry for 
dinner. It was sort of an African sack 
supper, which may explain where they 
got their ulcers. 

Mail call was always an event with 
the missionaries. It only happened 
every two months. Not very many 
people wrote their missionaries back 
then, either. But Miss Bickel's church 



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Harriet Long 
Photos by James Long 



took a special interest in her and regu- 
. larly sent her the Elkhart, Indiana,- 
newspaper to keep her informed. 
When the other missionaries saw the 
huge stack of two month's accumu- 
lated mail, they all shrugged and said, 
"Oh, it's just all Florence's papers." 

One of the funniest things about 
Miss Bickel is that, in her own words, 
"I didn't always have sense enough to 
know what I was doing." Like the 
time she went into a village, and find- 
ing them involved in a dance, she went 
right into the middle of it all and 
stopped it. Now that gained their un- 
divided attention, though Florence ad- 
mits, "That was a little too much." 

She was reported to the govern- 
ment for her behavior, "But nothing 
ever came of it, except I learned to be 
a little more discrete, and I had my 
name down somewhere on some sort 
of record." 

Learning the language was a slow 
process — she was supposed to be 
taught by her fellow missionaries— but 
that slow process was accelerated by 
such direct confrontations with the 
natives. She didn't have any trouble 
gaining a hearing of the language, but 
simultaneously she concedes, "I think 
it was some time before they under- 
stood what I was talking about." 

There were hardships. But she 
didn't notice the hardship part- 
primitive heathen environment, sepa- 
ration from home, culture-shock. 

The missionaries had trouble get- 
ting their gardens to grow. Since they 
didn't brown-bag-it with ants, limited 
gardens meant limited food. Some- 
times the natives were suspicious and 
refused to sell them food. Miss Bickel 
laughs when she recalls, "We just 
about starved!" 

"1 never really felt the hard things," 
she says. "It was all better than I had 
expected." 

Florence Marguerite Bickel has a lot 
to tell about her 35 years in Africa. 
She never experienced any feelings of 
wanting to quit and come back to the 
States. She thinks the greatest thing 
was just knowing she was serving the 
Lord, doing what He wanted. 

"My whole missionary career was 
very happy. There's just something 
about the mission field— it seems to me 
you can't find anything better to do." 

But she does have one continual 
regret, and her sparkling eyes cloud a 
little when she mentions it: "I'd like 
to still be there." 




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liss Estella Myers 



cAnswered 




(FMS editor's note: This is the last in a 
series of 13 articles written by pioneer 
missionary Miss Estella Myers on the 
early history of our mission in Africa. 
Miss Myers went to be with the Lord 
on November 1, 1956, and this article 
was printed shortly thereafter in the 
Brethren Missionary Herald for De- 
cember 1, 1956.) 

God had answered prayer as we 
worked among the Karre, Banu, 
Gbaya, and Mandji, as well as the 
many other tribes around Bouca, 
Batangafo and Baiki. But there was a 
tribe west of the district of Bozoum 
called Pana who hid themselves on top 
of mountains with others who wanted 
to join the outlaw crowd. The Pana 
tribesmen refused to pay taxes and 
otherwise defied the government of- 
ficials. How often we had looked to- 
ward those mountains and had prayed 
that we might be able to take the 
gospel story to them. 

Soon the government declared war 
on the Pana. The tribe was brought 
down from their mountain hide-out 
and placed in villages. A soldier was 
placed in every village to control the 
Pana and keep them in place. Some 
outlaw Karre tribesmen were brought 
down, also, and put on the auto road. 

As soon as we learned that the Pana 
were down from their mountaintop 
and in villages, we wanted to evangel- 
ize them. Every dry season, mission- 
aries from Bozoum and Bassai visited 
the Pana villages to tell the Good 
News. Often they ran from us— 
afraid— and did not care to listen to 
our story. Another adverse condition 
was that the chiefs refused to permit 
their people to listen to the "writing 
of God," thinking that it was only the 
white man's belief. We continued to 
make visits, learning how many people 
there were and where they lived. 

Everyone said to us, "The Pana do 
not want the Gospel." Later we sent 
our pastors and evangelists there to 



live-thinking that by their way of life 
and by their teaching, the Pana would 
see that our Gospel was the truth. 
These workers would stay a while, 
then come back home, saying, "The 
Pana do not want the Gospel." The 
missionaries had hoped and planned so 
earnestly to give them the Gospel, but 
now it seemed to no avail. We turned 
the tribe over to God to change their 
hearts. 

In 1943, Miss (Grace) Byron and I 
made a trip in our "push-pushes" to 
this tribe, preaching along the way. In 
one village, Pierre Huie accepted the 
Lord Jesus and went with us to the Big 
Chief's place where Philip, the Karre 
preacher, still remained. Pierre was 
taken there so that Philip could teach 
him to read. At the chiefs place we 
told the story again, but the only ones 
who accepted the Gospel at that time 
were Albert, who had heard the gospel 
before, his wife, and a lad. 

Albert said he was a trader who 
sold things to the Pana tribe, but 
bought his wares in Nigeria. Philip 
promised to teach him to read, also. I 
gave primers to the boy, and then we 
went on our way. Soon after this, 
Philip returned, and Pierre went with 
him to Bozoum. There he learned to 
read and was baptized— the first Pana 
convert to be baptized. 

As the years passed by, the mission- 
aries continued to spend much time 
praying for the Pana, but did not make 
trips to their villages as before. In the 
fall of 1947, just before going home 
on furlough, I wished to visit Pana 
land, believing God had answered our 
prayers to change their hearts. I 
wished to teach them to read. 

No one else at the station was free 
to go with me at that time, so I went 
alone. I had charts prepared that 
would help in teaching them to read, 
and I took the Scriptures with me. In 
addition, there were the six Christian 
men who took the "push-push" and 
carried the loads and would also help 
in the teaching, as they all knew how 
to read. 

We would evangelize in the Karre 
villages as we passed through them. 




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When we were near the Pana district, 
we met the French official who was 
out for the purpose of counting the 
people in the villages. He asked me 
where I was going. I said, "To Pana 
land to teach the people to read," and 
showed him my charts and books. I 
also said; "I believe the Lord has 
worked in their hearts, for the mission- 
aries have been praying for them." He 
said: "I have just been there. When I 
was at Bokolele, they asked me to 
mark out a chapel for them. I asked 
why they wanted a chapel and they 
said, 'So that we may have a place 
where we can go and pray and not be 
molested.' I asked them what religion 
this was, knowing that you have no 
missionaries there. They said, 'It 
comes from Bozoum.' I marked out a 
chapel for them." Overjoyed, 1 replied, 
"This is indeed good news," for we 
had not yet heard about it. 

My porters and I decided we would 
hurry on, and in two days we arrived 
among the Panas. They were happy to 
see us, and were hungry to hear our 
message from the writing of God. 
When we had finished telling the Good 
News in one village and had passed on 
to another one, those who had ac- 
cepted the Lord followed us, "to hear 
more," they said. I told them: "We 
have come to stay a while, and to 
teach you to read. Where shall we 
make our headquarters?" They said, 
"At Bokolele." 

We traveled on, many following us, 
until we arrived at Bokolele late in the 
evening. Word had been sent on ahead 
that we were coming, and the villagers 
had cleaned out a hut for me, almost 
in the center of the village, and a 
crowd had already gathered to hear 
about the way of salvation. I noticed 
that the chapel had been completed. I 
said, "The administrator told me two 
days ago that he had just marked out 
this chapel for you when he was here. 
How does it happen that it has been 
built so quickly?" "Oh," they said, 
"before we asked the administrator to 
mark out a chapel for us, we had all 
the wood cut in the forest, and the 
grass for the roof had been cut from 
the tall grass. When he gave us permis- 
sion, we all worked together and soon 
it was finished." 

After I had explained to them the 
way of salvation and many had ac- 
cepted the Lord, I asked them to ex- 
plain to me when they started to want 
Jesus as their Saviour. I stated: "For- 



merly many of us came to tell you 
how to be saved, but you all said then 
that you did not want the Gospel. 
Now you are all interested and many 
are accepting the Lord." 

This was their story: 

When Albert accepted the Lord in 
1943, Philip taught him to read. On 
Albert's travels he brought a copy of 
St. John's Gospel in Sango. As he 
traveled among the Panas, he read to 
them from the Book of John. People 
crowded around him to listen. He also 
taught some to read from the primer 
that had gospel truth in it 

One day Albert was reading the 
third chapter of John to a crowd that 
had gathered around him. The chief 
came out, beat Albert, tore his clothes, 
told him he could not read that book 
to his people, and told him to leave. 
Then the chief's son, Jacque, said: 
"Albert, if you leave, I will go with 
you if you will teach me how to read 
that book." Albert agreed, and both 
men left 

Only two or three months later, the 
chief died. The people sent for Jacque 
because he was in line to be chief. 
Albert came back with Jacque, but 
Jacque refused to become the tribal 
chief. He said, "My father's brother 
can be chief I am learning to read 
God's Word. I believe it and want to 
tell this story to my people. I refuse to 
be chief." 

The tribesmen said Jacque and 
Albert had come back just three weeks 
before our arrival. They were so glad 
to see us and to know we were going 
to have school for them. 

As a number of Pana accepted the 
Gospel, I asked them if they under- 
stood what they were doing. Their 
reply was, "Yes." I asked, "Do you 
know that taking Jesus into your life 
means turning away from your idols 
and praying only to the living God?" 
They said they did not want their idols 
anymore. I said: "Do you know that it 
means you must give up drinking, 
dancing, gambling, extra wives, wrath 
at funerals and your lodge, Lai, that 
teaches you devilish worship?" With 
one accord they all said they wanted 
only to follow Jesus and leave the old 
way. 

We had prayer meetings at five in 
the morning, se 



had school the rest of the day. Vil- 
lagers came with their food, stayed a 
while, went away, and others came. 
All my porters helped with the 
teaching of the charts. In the evening 
as I sat beside my fireside I could hear 
all of them repeating the little charts 
they could hold in their hands, many 
of which I had brought along with me. 

One day, the todaway, who fixes 
the auto road, came to me saying it 
was time to fix the road, or the big 
trucks could not get through to carry 
away the cotton that had been bought 
and stored in the sheds. He said: "You 
have all the people. I do not know 
what to do." I asked him how he fixed 
the roads, and he replied: "Each fami- 
ly is given a portion of the work to do, 
and when this is completed, their work 
is done." 

I told the man, "You may have all 
the people after services tomorrow." 
That evening I told the people what 
had been said, and they agreed, saying 
they wanted to obey the government. 
They worked until midnight to get 
through, so they could come back to 
school the next day. 

The todaway told me, "They did 
more work in a day this year than they 
did in a whole week other years." He 
also told the administrator about the 
road work. The administrator then 
sent word to me asking me to come by 
the French post on my homeward 
way. He wanted to hear what had hap- 
pened to the Pana. 

We thank God for answered prayer 
for the Pana tribe, and we continue to 
pray for them as they finish Bible 
school and take the responsibility of 
spreading the Gospel to their own 
people. 

Since God has answered our prayers 
in the past, we know He will answer 
prayers in the present and in the fu- 
ture. What joy to pray to such a won- 
derful God! 

And now I leave you saying, "Keep 
praying for the people in Africa who 
are not reached." Some day we shall 
rejoice together over the harvest of 
souls in Africa. We may not meet again 
here, but we will meet again— over 
there, in the hereafter. 





From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 



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D Members and friends of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Fremont, Ohio, took part in a Dedication Service for the 
new church building on Sept. 18, 1977. Rev. Charles W. 
Turner brought the Dedicatory Address, and several former 
pastors of the church participated in the service. Pictured is 
the new building which is located on nearly 17 acres of 
land. A unique feature of the new church is a library which 
houses 3,500 books and 2,500 cassette tapes. 



D There was an error in the November 1, 1977, issue of the 
Herald. Donald Foreman is not pastoring the Anaheim, 
Calif., church. J. Keith Altig continues as pastor at Ana- 
heim. 

D Rev. Michael Volovski has assumed the pastorate of the 
First Brethren Church, Altoona, Pa. His address is; 2934 
Maple Ave., Altoona, Pa. 16601. 





D An ordination service was conducted for Rev. Keith 
Zook on Sunday, Nov. 13, 1977, at the Grace Brethren 
Church of Covington, Va., which he pastors. Rev. Charles 
Flowers, pastor of Clearbrook Grace Brethren Church, 
Roanoke, Va., delivered the message. The service was con- 
ducted by several pastors of the Southeast District Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Churches. Following the service, Mr. and 
Mrs. Zook were honored at a reception planned by mem- 
bers of the congregation. They are shown at the reception 
when they were presented with an engraved platter. 

DA new pastor has been called to serve in the area of 
visitation outreach at the Community Brethren Church of 
Whittier, Calif. George Wilhelm and his wife Lou moved 
from Pennsylvania to Whittier to begin the ministry on Jan. 
1. 

D A new plan of progress was announced at a Kick-Off 
Banquet at the Grace Brethren Church of Fort Wayne, Ind., 
last fall. "Our Vision" is the name of the program, and a 
goal of 500 in attendance is projected by 1987. Phase I of 
the plan is construction of a new sanctuary which will be 
5,000 square feet and seat 300. The sanctuary will cost 
approximately $150,000. Construction will begin in the 
spring of 1979. 

DA Kindergarten class has been added at the school spon- 
sored by the Grace Brethren Church of Anderson, S.C. A 
class for children aged three and four is also underway. 
Pastor Marion Thomas is pleased that the school and Day 
Care Center are both advancing. 



(^DAn eight-room educational building is in the planning 
r~ stages for the Community Brethren Church of Whittier, 
S' Calif. The building will be designed for use by both the 



i church and school. 






meetings 



^ Alexandria, Va., Jan. 29-Feb. 1; W. Carl Miller, pastor; 
"^ Nathan Meyer, speaker, 
x^ Anderson, S.C, Jan. 29-Feb. 3; Becker Evangelistic Team. 



change your annual 

Please make these changes in your new 7978 Grace Breth- 
ren Annua/ which you have recently received. 

Stanley D. Nairn, 402 E. Goepp St., Bethlehem, Pa. 
18018. . . Bruce L. Button, Route 2, Box 298-B, Albany, 
Oreg. 97321. 




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n "Congratulations, Major" is the sentiment expressed on a 
cake which honored Rev. Charles E. Bearinger when he was 
notified of his promotion to the rank of Major. A pastoral 
psychotherapist in Waynesboro, Pa., Rev. Charles Bearinger 
is a member of the U.S. Army Reserves. Major Bearinger is 
shown here with the cake which was presented to him by 
his wife Sally, and enjoyed by Rev. and Mrs. Clyde K. 
Landrum, as well. 




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□ The perimeter of the new sanctuary under construction 
at the Grace Brethren Church of Myerstown, Pa., is 33,000 
square feet. Early 1979 is the estimated time for comple- 
tion of the sanctuary, which will have a seating capacity of 
2,000. Pastor Luke Kauffman reported that three area 
banks were involved in a "bank war" to obtain the church's 
loan. Pictured is the scene of the ground-breaking service 
held early last fall— the crowd of 800 formed the outline of 
the perimeter. 




ATTENTION: 
I 

RACE BRETHREN MEN 

Help 
Reach the Financial 

Goal of $25,000 
by January 31, 1978 

Send all gifts to the 
National Treasurer: 

Roger Hancock 

6675 Worthington-Galena Rd. 

Worthington, Ohio 43085 

letter has been mailed to all churches. 



BENDEL, Edwin, Oct. 16, member of the Bellf lower Breth- 
ren Church, Bellflower, Calif. Edwin Cashman, pastor. 
BROWNING, Lillian, 99, Oct. 19, member of the Rialto 
Brethren Church, Rialto, Calif. Rev. Gerald Polman offici- 
ated at the memorial service. 

BRUMBAUGH, Nona, 98, Nov. 18, a long-time pillar of the 
Ghent Brethren Church of Roanoke, Va. M. Lee Myers, 
pastor. 

DENLINGER, Gladys, 71, Oct. 18, member of the Engle- 
wood Grace Brethren Church, Englewood, Ohio. Gerald 
Polman, pastor. 

LIVEZEY, Florence, 86, Sept. 30, a member who was 
active in many respects for over 75 years at the First Breth- 
ren Church of Philadelphia, Pa. Roger L. Wambold, pastor. 
NETTLETON, Nelle, 83, Nov. 11, member of the First 
Brethren Church of Wooster, Ohio. The service was con- 
ducted by Pastor Kenneth Ashman and Pastor Tad Hobert. 
OLIVER, Dolores, 36, Nov. 23, as a result of an automobile 
accident. She was a faithful member and children's worker 
of Winona Lake Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Charles Ashman, pastor. 

O'NEILL, Ivy, Aug. 13, member of the Bellflower Brethren 
Church, Bellflower, Calif. Edwin Cashman, pastor. 



marriages 



Hearty congratulations to, and nnay God's blessings rest always 
upon, these new families who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six-month free subscription to the Herald is given to 
newlyweds whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

Brenda Guthrie and Kevin Denlinger, Sept. 17, Englewood 
Grace Brethren Church, Englewood, Ohio. 
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Myers, Oct. 29, Grace Brethren Church, 
Lansing, Mich. 

D The 7575 Grace Brethren Annual has been placed in the 
mail. If you had ordered a copy and did not receive one, 
please write to the Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. 

□ (EP)— Is the never-ending stream of new regulations and 
licensing procedures against private education and non- 
profit agencies protective benevolence or alarming co- 
ercion? 

Increasing numbers of evangelical leaders are looking 
upon the state's encroachment as the intervention of a "Big 
Brother" type of government and are successfully fighting 
back. 

Alan N. Grover, executive director of the Christian 
Schools of Ohio, is among the most successful in winning 
the continuing battles against unlicensed schools. In his 
periodical. The Watchman, he lists seven lawsuits decided in 
favor of the citizens: 

1. All the parents in Temple Christian School, Fremont, ■ 
Ohio, were tried under criminal charges because their 
school was not licensed. The case was argued by Christian 
Schools of Ohio and the parents were declared "not guilty" 
of criminal wrongdoing. 

2. Margaret W. Sharp of Canton, Ohio, was found guilty 
of violating truancy laws by sending her daughter to the 



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unchartered Christian Ministries School. The conviction was 
reversed by the Fifth District Court of Appeals, which said 
that there was insufficient proof of wrongdoing. 

3. Parents in Clyde, Sandusky, Nevada, Massilon and 
other Ohio cities where they were sending children to Chris- 
tian schools were notified that truancy proceedings were 
being brought against them unless they would place their 
children in state-chartered schools. These criminal charges 
were eventually dropped. 

4. Thirteen parents in Bradford, Ohio, sending their 
children to the Tabernacle Christian School, were convicted 
in 1974 of the criminal charges of "Failure to Send a Child 
to School." This case went to the Ohio Supreme Court 
before convictions were reversed. 

5. The State of Ohio brought civil charges against three 
families sending their children to Winchester Christian 
Academy. The parents were charged Vi/ith child neglect for 
sending their children to an unlicensed school. Prosecutors 
used a statute which enabled them to remove the children 
from the homes and custody of parents. Thousands of let- 
ters from Ohio and across the nation helped to reverse the 
state's decision just ahead of a rally which drew an esti- 
mated 1 1,000 people to Canal Winchester, Ohio. 

6. Parents in Vermont who were sending their children 
to a non-approved Christian school, were criminally charged 
by the lower courts. However, the Vermont Supreme Court 
ruled in favor of the free exercise of religion and declared 
that the Vermont statutes required only an "equivalent" 
education, and that such an education could be given in a 
non-approved school, or even in a home by the parents. 

7. Criminal proceedings were brought against the Gates 
Temple Christian Academy in Rochester, N.Y., for the 
alleged reason that this school also failed to provide an 
"equivalent education." The prosecution based its charges 
on the external accoutrements of education, such as facili- 
ties and laboratory equipment, degrees of teachers, build- 




ings and other physical and external factors. Charges were 
dropped after preliminary hearings and before the case 
went to trial. 

The State of Iowa is currently planning to take action on 
non-approved schools. 

In Georgia, too, educators are putting increasing pressure 
on unlicensed schools to conform to standards laid down 
by the state. 

Licensing control is extending beyond private schools to 
encroachments on other types of Christian ministries. 

Among them are the Christian homes operated by Evan- 
gelist Lester Roloff. State officials were forced to admit 
that Roloff's homes were as nice or better than state- 
operated facilities and more successful in rehabilitating 
"terminal" or hopeless delinquent children and youths than 
the state's, but the government persists in seeking to license 
the homes. 

Shiloh's Boy's Ranch in rural South Carolina is resisting 
licensure and consequently must fight a running legal battle 
with the South Carolina Welfare Department. 

The Merrywoods Baptist Church in Haughton, Louisi- 
ana, is resisting the efforts of the state's welfare department 
to license its nursery as a Child Day Care Center. The nur- 
sery was being used by the church's Thursday morning 
Ladies' Soul-Winning Visitation teams. 

In Alabama, the Ridgecrest Baptist Church of Opelika is 
resisting state efforts to license their pre-school program. 
The state, says Pastor James Lowden, "has no authority to 
tell a church what it can or cannot do in the way of its 
teachings or programs, nor does the state have the authority 
to impose its authority to limit a church's ministry by its 
licensing power." 

These evangelicals are asking not what their country can 
do for them, but what they can do for their country and 
the God of their fathers. Is the state sincere in its efforts to 
do the same? 






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The study guide for March, April, and May in 
the Brethren adult series . . . written by 
Charles W. Turner, Executive Editor and 
General Manager, Brethren Missionary Herald. 



puipic words 

Transiaced pop 

Peui People 

Those who stand behind the pulpit sometimes use 
words which are "tools of the trade" to them, but are 
not clear to the listeners. The vocabulary needs to be 
clarified. Pulpit Words Translated for Pew People is a 
study guide designed to do just that. Mr. Turner has 
explained the meaning behind 13 "pulpit words" for 
your instruction during the 13-week period. 

The regular price of the study guide is $2.95. How- 
ever, it will be priced at $1.60 each for church 
quantity orders received through May 31, 1978. (In- 
dividual orders will be accepted at the $2.95 price, 
postage paid, when check accompanies order.) A 
Teacher's Resource Booklet is also available for 
$2.95. Send your order to the Brethren Missionary 
Herald, P. 0. Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 



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"But, Mama, I don't talk 'southren,' I speak English!" 
This was our daughter Bethany Joy's response to the teas- 
ing I was giving her concerning her definitely more notice- 
able southern accent since starting kindergarten. 

Yes, we do still speak English. But, four years ago, when 
Jim came home from the office and said he had been of- 
fered a transfer to Aiken, South Carolina, it could have 
been to the other side of the world as far as I was con- 
cerned. Where? Aiken, South Carolina? Never heard of it! 
(All I could think of was "oh, my achin' back!") Certainly, 
God wouldn't want us to move. After all, I had lived in 
Mansfield (Ohio) all my life except for my four college 
years at Grace. And now we were just settled comfortably 
into our first home, and were enjoying the new roles of 
parenthood with no thoughts of moving . . . anywhere! God 
wouldn't want to uproot us now ... or would He? 

After the initial shock of Jim's statement had worn off, 
we decided to consider the offer, still not thinking it would 
actually happen. But, as the days and weeks went by, we 
became more aware of the possibility that this just might be 
God's plan for our lives. We had committed our lives to 
Him years before and we renewed that commitment as we 
earnestly asked Him to show us His will. Joshua 1 :9 became 
very precious. 

What at one time had seemed a threat to this "home- 
body" became an exciting adventure as God so beautifully 
met our every need and showed us beyond a shadow of a 
doubt His very best for us. 

In retrospect, I think of all we would have missed if wc 
had not obeyed His leading-the beautiful South we have 
come to love, the new home which God so lovingly pro- 
vided, the friends and neighbors who share our lives, and 
the opportunity to raise a "southren" belle! But most im- 
portant of all is the spiritual growth in our own lives and 
the thrilling involvement in His work of establishing a Grace 
Brethren Church in this community. God is faithful. He has 
done ". . . exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or 
think...." (Eph. 3:20). 

Perhaps God has a move or something new in store for 
you. If He does, accept it as a wonderful challenge to ap- 
propriate the goodness and faithfulness of our loving 
Heavenly Father! 

-Barbara Rosser, Aiken, South Carolina 



To contribute to "Homespun"— write an item of not more than 
125 words concerning a typical everyday experience or situation 
and mal<e a spiritual application. Material cannot be returned or 
acknowledged. Send to WMC National Editor, Linda Hoke, 700 
Robson Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 



Note: Please take into consideration the time involved in 
delivering mail to our missionaries in foreign countries when 
sending birthday remembrances. The dates listed above are 
several months in advance on purpose so that greetings will 
be on time 

MISSIONARY BIRTHDAYS - MARCH 1978 

(Addresses inay be found on pages 26 and 27 of the 1978 Grace 
Brethren AnnuaLy 

AFRICA 

Miss Carol Mensinger March 6 

Jonathan Davis Austin March 10, 1975 

Stephanie Suzanne Pfahler March 23, 1972 

ARGENTINA 

Mrs. Lynn A. Hoyt March 12 

Greg Steven Robinson March 15, 1972 

BRAZIL 

Ronald Andrew Burk March 15, 1972 

Joseph Daniel Johnson March 25, 1975 

EUROPE 

Mrs. Thomas Julien March 27 

HAWAII 

Rev. Foster R. Tresise March 20 

MEXICO 

Miss Ruth Elaine Dowdy March 26, 1959 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Mr. Albert W. Balzer March 1 

Mrs. Hill Maconaghy March 21 

Mrs. Hattie Sheldon March 21 

Miss Gail Jones March 31 



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President- 
Mrs. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., Souderton, Pa. 18964 

1st Vice President- 
Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

2nd Vice President- 
Mrs. Walter Fretz, 41 3 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Secretary- 
Mrs. Sally Neely, 565 Stonyridge Ave., Troy, Ohio 45373 

Assistant Secretary- 
Mrs. Tom Miller, R, R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. (All checks payable to Brethren National WMC. I 

Assistant Financial-Secretary— 

Mrs. Tom Inman, 2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 
80910 

Literature Secretary- 
Mrs. Lloyd Fish, R. R. 8, Box 196, Warsaw, Ind. 46590 

Editor- 
Mrs, Noel Hoke, 700 Robson Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Prayer Chairman- 
Mrs. Harold Etiing, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind, 46590 



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I Waited 
Patiently 
for the Lord 



Irs. Joe Dilling 






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November 1, 1974, was an especial- 
ly warm day, and the children were 
outside playing in the hot sun. Our 
little two-year-old Jennifer woke up 
that day with a few red spots above 
her lip, but having rashes was natural 
for our children. The day was a typical 
one, and that evening I got ready to go 
shopping— an early Christmas spree. By 
this time those red spots were starting 
to look like impetigo, and I reminded 
my husband, Joe, to put some anti- 
septic cream on them. 

In the middle of the night Jennifer 
began crying and had trouble breath- 
ing from nasal congestion. She was up 
most of the night— probably another 
cold, 1 thought. That morning my hus- 
band got up early to go turkey hunt- 
ing; and Jennifer got up, too, extreme- 
ly fussy. When I got her calmed down 
and looked her over, I noticed those 



pimples were larger and open; and 
there were raw places on her forehead, 
behind her ears, and at her nose. Also, 
she had a bad runny nose. By now she 
would not move her head, and I was 
getting worried. I called the doctor 
and rushed her to his office. He diag- 
nosed it as impetigo and strep throat 
and told me how to care for the im- 
petigo. When I got her home and be- 
gan treating the raw areas, she 
screamed with pain. I was getting very 
annoyed with her until I saw that at 
certain places on her body, the top 
layer of her skin was coming off. I 
called the doctor twice, as each five 
minutes she got increasingly worse. 
When I pulled a sweater over her head, 
the skin peeled off her neck. When I 
wiped her nose, the skin peeled off at 
just a soft touch. Then, the doctor 
told me to take her to the hospital. 



I remember being so scared, but 
praying— "Please, Lord, let me be a 
testimony for you at the hospital." I 
had no idea what was in store for us, 
and somewhere deep inside me the 
panic which i was trying desperately 
to push aside was rising steadily. 

My mind went back to two weeks 
earlier, when I had been talking to an 
acquaintance. A young teen-ager had 
just been killed when she ran in front 
of a car. The woman was saying that 
she didn't know what she would do if 
anything would ever happen to one of 
her children. I told her that as much as 
I love my children, I know that God 
would give me the strength I would 
need if anything would happen to 
them. Little did I know then that my 
testimony was to be tested to the hilt 
in the next hours, days and weeks. 

Jennifer was admitted Saturday, 
November 2, and put through the 
usual tests. The doctors took a culture 
and sent it to the lab, but it would 
take two days for that lab report to 
show anything. Her condition was de- 
teriorating very rapidly. We could sit 
and watch the sweat beads turn into a 
water blister, then sec it break and the 
skin shed. By the next morning she 
had lost the top layer of skin on her 
face, neck, back, chest and buttocks. 
Two specialists were called in on the 
case. Monday, November 4, it was 
agreed she had Toxic Epidermal 
Necrolysis— commonly called Scalded 
Skin Syndrome— a very rare disease 
found only in very young children. 
The dermatologist was alarmed when 
he saw her, and told us this was such a 
tricky disease that one out of four 
die— and that he would have to work 
fast to save her. He ordered adult 
doses of cortisone and other anti- 
biotics to be given in three injections 
in her thighs every six hours. He ex- 
plained the treatment and how the 
disease would progress. She would lose 
the top layer of skin over her entire 
body and, because of this, would have' 
to be treated as a burn patient- 
wrapped in dressings soaked with silver 
nitrate solution and changed every 
three to four hours. The silver nitrate 
would turn her black until her new 
skin grew back. However, he could not 
guarantee us that she would make it. 

By this time, family, friends and 
our whole congregation were praying 
fervently for God's healing power for 
Jennifer. Each day a group of women 
from our church started a prayer chain 
for her recovery and our strength. The 



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whole hospital became concerned for 
this dear little girl who was suffering 
terrible pain. My husband and I cried 
for a whole week and even more, later. 
Everyone seemed frantically con- 
cerned. I have never seen so many 
people reach out for one human being. 
Each day Jennifer seemed to get 
worse. My husband and I took turns 
staying with her day and night. The 
entire time we read books, recited nur- 
sery rhymes, and sang all the Sunday 
School songs and hymns we could 
think of. We kept talking and singing 
constantly trying to get her mind off 
the pain. Her mouth was so encrusted 
and sore from the infection that she 
couldn't even drink from a straw. A 
thumb-sucker from birth, she would 
not move one muscle for fear of more 
pain— besides, her fingers were too sore 
to be sucked. 

Our pastor visited a couple of times 
a day sometimes, and he would stand 
by the bed and cry with me at the 
terrible, helpless little sight we saw 
there. 

My mother was managing the house 
and the children while handling the 
telephone calls, and upon all else was 
her own fear for Jennifer's recovery. 
One night, after hearing the diagno- 
sis, she and I sat down with my Bible 
to seek comfort and answers to our 
"Why Jennifer?" questions. I didn't 
know where to begin, so I just opened 
the Bible and started reading. It "just 
happened" to be Psalm 40. It was 
written just for our particular needs: 

I waited patiently for the Lord; 
and he inclined unto me, and 
heard my cry. He brought me up 
also out of an horrible pit, out 
of the miry clay, and set my feet 
upon a rock, and established my 
goings. And he hath put a new 
song in my mouth, even praise 
unto our God: many shall see it, 
and fear, and shall trust in the 
Lord (Ps. 40:1-3). 

The whole passage spoke to us 
about our situation and reminded us 
that God would give us a new song to 
sing even through all of this! 

My husband and I did much tearful 
praying and soul-searching during the 
time of Jennifer's illness. Having been 
taught to always seek God's will, I had 
to face the thought that we might have 
to give up Jennifer if that was what 
God's will was. Struggling with my 
own selfish will, I finally told God that 



we wanted His will even if it meant 
losing our little girl— but He would 
have to help us accept it. That was one 
of the hardest prayers I have ever had 
to pray— the prayer of submission. 

On Jennifer's third night in the hos- 
pital she could hardly move her lips. I 
was shocked through my tears and 
constant prayer to hear a little voice 
singing clearly: "Do Lord, O do Lord, 
O do remember me. I took Jesus as my 
Saviour, you take him, too." Then she 
drifted off to sleep. Somehow I was 
stirred— maybe God wasn't ready to 
take her home, maybe He had work 
for Jennifer to do here on earth. I had 
new hope, but was afraid to acknowl- 
edge it. 

The next day she was moved into 
Isolation where she would stay for 10 
days— simply to protect her from con- 
tacting any other germs. 




Still, we did not know whether she 
would get better or take a turn for the 
worse. The dermatologist made three 
special trips to the hospital (at which 
he was not staffed) because he was 
worried about her. 

She received hundreds of cards; we 
never dreamed so many people were 
praying. One friend told mc there was 
to be a special prayer meeting for any 
of the church women to attend from 
10:00 p.m. until midnight-just for 
Jennifer! Upon hearing that, my hus- 
band and I cried tears of joy for having 
such faithful sisters in Christ. Jenni- 
fer's progress was very slow, but defi- 
nite improvement was noticed the 
next day. We were then told she was 
out of danger unless she picked up 
something else. 

Amidst the chaos of this ordeal, our 



mainstay was Jesus Christ. As 1 
watched helplessly as the nurses 
changed the dressings and saw the 
blood run from deeper wounds, I 
couldn't help but think: "Lord, what 
will hell be like? Jesus, you know what 
Jennifer is going through. I now realize 
how much agony you experienced for 
us." My second prayer was, "Oh Lord, 
don't let Jennifer suffer in vain. Even 
if just one person would come to 
know you, it would be worth even 
this." THIS IS STILL OUR PRAYER. 
Many lives were touched by this al- 
ways-smiling, blonde little girl. The 
day she turned three years old, she was 
moved out of Isolation-and what a 
birthday celebration that was. A few 
days later, the happy day arrived when 
we took her home to be reunited with 
her two sisters. 

When things like this happen, 
people always ask why. We now have a 
special understanding of what other 
parents go through, and often have the 
opportunity of sharing Christ's love 
and strength with them. We still feel 
that hearts were touched; minds were 
made to think; a seed was planted in 
someone. We feel strongly that Jenni- 
fer's recovery was a miracle. 

Months later I had to go sec the 
dermatologist who handled Jennifer's 
case. I took Jennifer along and he was 
very pleased to see how healthy she 
now was. He continued to talk of her 
recovery and admitted that she had 
more help than just the medicine and 
care— implying God's help! 

It is not easy to recall all the memo- 
ries surrounding this experience. We 
think the Lord must have big plans for 
all our children as each is a special gift 
to us from God. Jennifer is now at- 
tending kindergarten and is a healthy, 
happy child with no side-effecls from 
her illness. While at conference last 
summer, she met Rosella Cochran (for 
whom our children have been pray- 
ing). In fact, when she met Rosella, 
she said, "I'm a little missionary!' 
Yes, even the two-week nightmare will 
work for good and someday furthei 
His kingdom. 

(WMC editor's note: Judy Dilling is ~. 
the mother of three girls: jodi, 8; | 
Jennifer, 6; and Heather, 4. She and % 
her family are active in the Martins- "- 
burg, Pennsylvania, Grace Brethren co 
Church. Judy is WMC president and ^ 
Charis SMM patroness, and her hus- g 
band, Joe, is active in the laymen's 2^ 
work.) 1^ 



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offering for Grace Science Center Equip- 
ment. Let the warmth of your Christian 
love be indicated by the thermometer that 
measures the amount of giving for this 

^ $6,500 project. Deadline for this offering is 

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\\ it worked for someone else, maybe it will work for 
you. The following is a list of shared ideas from many 
regions. If you have initiated something new in your 
WMC program, share it with others. Give the details to 
your District Editor or send them directly to the Nation- 
al Editor for inclusion in this column. 

-Use the prepared slide-tape presentation concerning 
WMC Birthday Missionaries for the year in your monthly 
meeting. Don't wait for a special occasion. Make this 
your special occasion month to meet the missionaries. 

—Are kitchen supplies at the church in need of replace- 
ment? How about an admission charge to WMC next 
month— a roll of foil, waxed paper, soap, and so forth. 

-Use a calendar to determine a penalty for each day for 
special offerings. In February, for example, a fine of 5c 
could be levied for each Valentine received on Valen- 
tine's Day, or a quarter if the local groundhog sees his 
shadow. Be creative in determining each day's fine, and 
make them suit your group. 

—Don't continue with a project yearly just because "it's 
what we always do." Try something new and create a 
new tradition. Consider an auction. Bring items that are 
not useful to you, but would be to someone else in the 
group. Auction the merchandise and the item goes to 
the highest bidder— all proceeds to be used for a needy 
•pxo'YizV.— Pennsylvania 

—If you don't know the answer to a question concerning 
WMC, don't panic— check your Pen Pointers. If it's not 
answered there, the next step would be to go to your 
WMC encyclopedia, Through the Years With WMC. If 
you still are stymied, shout Help through the mail to a 
willing, listening District or National officer who is eager 
to encourage you in your work. 

—Check your missionary chest to know what items need 
to be replenished. Remember every member of a mis- 
sionary family in some way through gifts to this goody- 
barrel. Supply plastic or grocery bags to each missionary 
to carry away the gifts. 






As I think back over the course of 
my life, from the beginning until now, 
three things stand out clearly: 1 ) When 
God determines on a project, He'll get 
it done; 2) He'll do it by overcoming 
the opposition of the adversary all 
along the line; 3) He'll honor the faith, 
and answer the prayers of those He 
chooses to be His co-laborers in it If it 
were not so, I would never have gown 
up to be a missionary. 

From the night I was born, it 
seemed likely that I would have a diffi- 
cult time growing up. And so it turned 
out to be. As though chicken pox at 
three weeks wasn't enough for me to 
cope with, at three months a virulent 
type of whooping cough nearly took 
my life. Recovery and convalescence 
took months, and 1 was 19 months old 
before I began to walk. Then followed 
a serious ear infection and an acute 
conjunctivitis in turn. The doctor was 
so sure that the latter would destroy 
my sight, that he actually gave up. But 
he left it up to Mother to continue the 
treatment if she still had hope. She 
did, and God spared my sight through 
her ministrations. 

Then came one more big battle for 
health and normal physical develop- 
ment. I started school at six years. I 
loved it all, but reading soon took 
over. I became a regular visitor at the 
public library, reading several books a 
week instead of going to play outdoors 



after school. Soon it became apparent 
that all was not well with my health. I 
was becoming visibly stoop-shouldered 
and bowlegged. A visit to the doctor 
revealed rickets to be the cause. What 
were his orders? A brace for my back, 
cod-liver oil, plenty of nourishing 
food? Yes, but just as important then, 
plenty of outdoor play and a rationing 
of reading time! Thus, I finished first 
grade. Following the doctor's instruc- 
tions really worked wonders, but it 
was a long process. 

In all these testings, the importance 
of which I was utterly unaware of for 
the most part, God was working. My 
parents were both Christians, serving 
the Lord in the Brethren church of 
Allentown, Pennsylvania. Of their first 
three children, only one boy lived past 
infancy. When they knew a fourth 
child was on the way, they covenanted 
together with God to give that child to 
Him for His service. And He accepted 
their offering. He brought me through 
those illnesses alive, and with a zest for 
living. 

Father did not live to see the fulfill- 
ment of their promise. He died when I 
was only two. But Mother did not for- 
get. Church, Sunday School and 
prayer meeting were a most important 
part of the "bringing-up" years. Before 
long, both my brother and I became 
involved in children's activities and 
programs. Although I did not publicly 



accept Christ until I was 10, He 
already had my heart. I was even then 
thinking of becoming a foreign mis- 
sionary, wondering where He could 
use me. I was 14 when the Lord gave 
me the answer to that question 
through a stirring message Dr. Gribblc 
gave in our church. That day I offered 
my life to Him to go to Oubangui- 
Chari as a missionary teacher. Only 
then did I learn of my very early dedi- 
cation to Him. 

All through high school and college, 
the study of languages and of the 
Word of God filled up a large part of 
my curriculum. The more I could 
learn, the more I would have to share 
with those whom I was going to work 
with. 

Dr. Taber and I met at Ashland Col- 
lege and were married in my home at 
Allentown, Pennsylvania, when he was 
still a pre-med student. We graduated 
in 1927. As we sailed for France that 
fall, little did we know how long it 
would take to make a doctor of my 
husband over the French pattern. Only 
official French diplomas for the B.A. 
and the pre-med were accepted for ad- 
mission to the Faculte de Medecine. 
But the Lord saw us through all that 
and gave us much more by way of 
compensation, even as He promised in 
Luke 18:29-30. The fellowship we had 
with French Christians was truly 
sweet. Also, we were able to entertain 
other missionaries passing through 
France to and from their fields, and to 
have prayer meetings with those who, 
like us, were there to study French. 
Besides, two precious children came to 
share our home. Our nine years there 
without a break were not a burden. 
When we left France, we came away 
feeling uniquely blessed and enriched, 
ready to face our future in Africa. 



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GBC Christian Education 

P. O. Box 365 

Winona Lal<e, Indiana 46590 

Executive Director: Pastor Knute Larson 
Associate Director, Youth Ministries: Ed Lewis 
Director of SMM: Judy Ashman 

Thank you for your encouraging words and re- 
sponses to CE ministries! 



iTOping to help in Christian ed, 
youth, and church growth 

How to Fight the Uncommon (Bold 



If you live anywhere but where 
oranges grow, you're probably prepar- 
ing for the worst winter ever, or are 
already there. And your faithful CE 
department does have suggestions for 
warmth: 

1. Pay your pastor more. It will warm 
everyone's heart. 

2. Thank your Sunday School teacher 
and help raise the money to send him 
to the nearest International Center for 
Learning seminar. The temp of the 
classroom will go up 10 degrees if he 
applies what he learns. 

3. Get closer to your wife. GBC Chris- 
tian Education knows the closeness 
and growth of families is tied to every- 
thing else we or churches try to do. 

4. Pray and help send a son or 
daughter of the church to Africa or 
Brazil in the TIME program. Noth- 
ing does missions more good than 
someone who gets to the field and sees 
what kind of people those missionaries 
are and what they do for the cause of 
our Lord Christ. 

5. Visit a shut-in. Little tasks around 
the house can be shared, and the 
whole house gets warmed. Make sure 
they've taken advantage of all the 
government benefits for heat discounts. 

6. Put Ed Lewis, Judy Ashman, me, 
and other staff here on your regular 
prayer list. God has put a warm love in 

^ our hearts for the Lord and for the 
~^ ministry of GBC Christian Education, 
3 and we want it to stay there. Prayer is 
S the best fuel of all. 
^7. Help crowd out your adult Sunday 

2 School class— by inviting some of your 
2 friends and getting to know some of 

^ the people who go just to morning 
church. They say the more bodies you 



get in a room the more heat there is 
in the room. And a crowd's a joy when 
it comes to Bible study and appli- 
cation and sharing of love. 

8. Send a gift to GBC Christian Edu- 
cation, Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590 and ask for the warm, loving 
interview with Marabel Morgan, who is 
'Totally" warm about the faith and 
family. On the other side, my talk (I 
tried to be warm, too) about marriage 
and love: "One Plus One Equals One." 

9. Buy six SMM jackets and wear 
them all at once, also wrapping in a 
pennant or two! Really, SMM is a very 
special part of us, and anything you do 
on the local scene to help promote it 
or get a group started is going to put 
special warmth into the lives of some 
girls you love. 

10. Sit closer to people in the worship 
services or classes at church. Ever 
notice how people of the same local 
body tend to shy away from touch or 

same-pew sitting? And it's not 

because they don't like each other, 



but just because of a little fear about 
what to say or do. 

Lead the way! Sit beside! 

Starting with the front pew! 
1 1 . Ask a new couple at church to 
join you and another family who has 
attended a while for a hot cup of 
something, and just getting to know 
each other. Before you part, say a 
word to each other about the Lord. 

Sports and weather are fun topics, 
but fellowship and edifying happen 
when people exchange niceties about 
Jesus Christ, and talk about His help 
in their lives. 

i 2, Read Ephesians 2: 13-22. It's rich 
and warm, and will make you feel very 
close to the Lord because you are, if 
you are in Him. 

13. Light a fire in your visitation or 
church growth committee, and get 
them to train more people to call on 
visitors or stay-away-ers. 

Help fight the cold! 



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CE 
Wishes 

You 

a Happy 

Good 

Year 



We really do. 

Your GBC Christian Education staff works partly 
for the money, but mostly to serve you in the hope of 
Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Incentive. 

We wish you a particularly fruitful and rewarding 
1978. We ask you to join us in calling others to a time 
of real discipleship and growth. 

And thank you for your continuing good, encouraging 
responses to our ministries, products and people. 

We love you! 



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Teens Are Talking 



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"There was so much— you couldn't do 
everything you wanted to. You really 
needed 18 hours in the day. Why can't 
they have conference for two weeks? 
I'd be happy to go two weeks!" 

"I liked it when the missionaries all 
came to the dorms for devotions the 
one night." 

"The music was great! It just made 



you want to get out there and really 
serve the Lord." 

"Through the speaking of Bob Palmer 
and his testimony, I found out in my 
own life that I have a good testimony 
and I should share it with other 
people. Toward the end of the week I 
was praying to the Lord about where 
He would want me to put my life; and 
I found out that my life belongs in the 
ministry. And I'm still living for that!" 

"The kids who don't come are really 
missing something. They really are! 
Last year my sister came back from 
conference all fired-up and I didn't 
understand how a person goes away 
for a week and comes back with a 
totally different attitude. I'm just 
really praising the Lord now that I 
went this year." 

"It feels like a 'teenage heaven' really. 
You're in the outside world and then 
you get there and with over a thou- 
sand kids there it just feels, you know, 
like you're in heaven! You can forget 
about the hassles back home and just 
fellowship and grow with other Chris- 
tians." 




"I heard so many kids talk about how 
great youth conference was— the choir, 
fellowship and you just got to know so 
many people. I thought, 'Yea, yea, tell 
me all about it.' And when I got there, 
it was a little like 'culture shock.' I 
mean there were just so many kids 
there! It's so different— you get to 
know so many people, I just loved it! I 
want to go every single year— it was 
neat!" 



Thouahts on NYC. 



Jake Kliever— a statesman of love and missions— told me recently that his week last summer at Brethren 
National Youth Conference was one of the most exciting and enjoyable of his life. 

That's something, from a man with 40 years of pioneer work and many victories in Africa. 

But the point he was making was not divorced from Africa. Jakewas delighted with the questions and interest 
of the teens— related to Africa and missions. 

"I have high hopes for the future of Brethren missions," he said. 

Col. Heath Bottomly— former fighter pilot, '77 conference speaker— "It was a joy to be associated with you 
and your wonderful flock of youth. I do not remember of recently having been so totally refreshed by music, 
fellowship and messages of great value and inspiration. Thank you for inviting me to participate. 

"I was multi-blessed by the experience, and I was thrilled by the best organization that I have seen in about 

100 of these conferences that I have attended. 
\ Thank you again and PTL." 




NOVEMBER SUNDAY SCHOOL CONTEST 



Div . Church 

— Myerstown, Pa. 

— Bellflower, Calif. 

— Simi Valley, Calif. 

— Columbus, Ohio 
(East Side) 

— Niodesto, Calif. 
(La Loma) 

F -1 TVIansfleld, Ohio 
(Woodville) 

- North Lauderdale, Fla. 

- Modesto, Calif. 
(Big Valley) 

■ Aiken, S.C. 

- North Kokomo, Ind. 

- No one qualified 

RECORD ATTENDANCES: 
(Grace)— 126; Spokane, Wash. 



Pastor 

Luke E. Kauffman 
Edwin C. Cashnnan 
E. John Gillis 

Randy Bowman 

Darrell Anderson 

George Wallace 
Jack Peters, Jr. 

David Seifert 
Steve W. Taylor 
Bill Smith 



Superintendent 

Guy Brightbill 
Jim Dunn 
Harold Ball 

Roger Mills 

Buss Peck 

Tim Metcalf 
Durwood Brooks 

Bruce Stafford' 
Tom Ridenour 



And I renewed my support for BNYC, and 
the active, faithful teens in our churches. 



DISCIPLINED DISCIPLES 

youth week 78 

Suggested Youth Week dates: 
January 29 - 
February 5, 
1978 





Coraopolis, Pa.-48; Fort Wayne, 
-72; Bellflower, Calif.-546. 



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Christian Dating for Its Own Sake... 

Alternatives to Al 



"Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you sliould marry " (I Cor. 7:27-28 NASB) 

"But seek first His kingdom, and His righteousness; . ... do not be anxious for tomor- 
row; . . . ." (Matt. 6:33-34 NASB) 



Tom and I called on a depressed 
friend in the college dorm. After hear- 
ing my friend pour out his frustrations 
with life, Tom offered this contribu- 
tion: "What you need is a rib." 

"A what?" I asked. 

"You know— a wife." 

Tom has the notion popular among 
young Christian singles that married 
Christians are more mature. This de- 
spite our Master's clear teaching that 
maturity is seeking first His righteous- 
ness and His kingdom and letting 
things like marriage and career line up 
after that. 

This confusion, coupled with the 
popular over-extension of the single 
word "love" into many usages, has left 
Christian singles groping in a darkened 
culture. Stroh's Brewery says, "Stroh's 
is Love." They cannot isolate in their 
minds the difference between kind of 
love and kind of commitment And 
since love and commitments define all 
our relationships, they grope— aided 
often by magazines, movies, and 
maxims from Grandma's era, instead 
of the courting experiences of Bible 
believers. 

Some are discovering the ugly gap 
between our cultural practices in 
courting and those universal principles 
found in Hebrew cultural practices in 
the Old Testament— principles that 
ought to be operating today. Only a 
return to Biblical principles will usher 
in a new day for Western marriages. 

Paul must have spoken to his gener- 
ation about these Biblical principles, 
for he wrote: 

Brethren . . . you received 

CO 

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is the will of God, your sanctifi- 
cation; that is, that you abstain 
from sexual immorality; that 
each of you know how to pos- 
sess liis own vessel in sanctifica- 
tion and honor, not in lustful 
passion, like the Gentiles who do 
not know God; .... (I Thess. 
4:1-5 NASB) 

Notice the emphasis on men 
throughout. Paul, a man, is charging 
fathers and sons to work at this thing 
of taking a wife. In American Chris- 
tianity this is practically a solo act, 
done independently of father, much 
less "spiritual fathers." It is macho to 
venture out to the marketplace or 
campus and bring back a good-looking 
catch for the folks to get to know a 
little before the wedding. 

Anybody knows (in the West) you 
just follow your heart in these matters. 
Who would expect the God of love to 
lovingly give examples and guidelines 
in matters of love? Not many. 

For lack of clear answers, singles 
are staying single at a faster rate than 
they are marrying. Many are living to- 
gether for the fun of it, turning an ear 
to homosexual alternatives, or general- 
ly becoming more confused. Many re- 
treat to the "safety" of feelings or the 
fickleness of fate— giving rise to discos, 
singles bars, and all sorts of mating 
agencies, including TV matching. One 
major religious group invited thou- 
sands of their singles to a week of 
meeting each other for the purpose of 
finding a mate. 

Biblical Dating 

Help from Genesis alone could turn 



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Doug Den bow works witb singles and special 

projects as part-time "missioner" on the staff 

of Grace Brethren Church, West Main, Ashland, 

Ohio. His classes and seminars on dating have 

helped many take a second look at cultural 

trends, and evaluate goals. CE hopes churches 

will also evaluate their mood and ministry 

in this important area. 



the romantic world of courting and 
marriage upside down. Since no term 
for "dating" appears in the Bible, one 
needs a broader concept to find help 
there. Let "dating" be defined as a 
shared experience (or series of experi- 
ences) which have potential for ever- 
increasing privacy and intimacy (or 
communion, in the case of two Chris- 
tians). 

Whether a couple's increasing inti- 
macy/communion and desire of pri- 
vacy (the marriage bedroom being the 
ultimate), comes within two weeks of 
their first meeting as in India, or two 
years as often in America, is not the 
point. The meaning and the fruit of a 
special "dating" relationship in the 
Christian family depends more upon 
the following support or SUCCESS 
FACTORS: 

CCESS FACTOR I Love Be- 
fore First Sight 

The Christian brother ought to 
sense a godly affection and responsi- 
bility toward his sisters almost from 
their first meeting. 

The reason such a reaction occurs is 
that he is already committed to every 
Christian sister he meets. In Christ he 
has redeemed-love in Christ. He is al- 
ready committed to a brother-sister 
bond that will even outlast earthly 
bonds of marriage. He and his sisters 
have two simple guidelines from I 
Timothy 1:5 and Ephesians 4:3 
(NASB): 

One love: ". . . love from a pure 
heart and a good conscience and a 
sincere faith." 

On commitment: ". . . preserve the 
unity of the Spirit in the bond of 
peace." 

To date with the aim of fulfilling 
ego, emotional, or social needs alone is 
poor. Even the private ambition to 
land a mate smacks of using another 
person for one's own ends. Two undis- 
ciplined singles only make one undis- 
ciplined marriage. Singles ought to aim 



CE on Marriage and Singles 



merican Bum Marriages 



at love and be in such a contented 
state that God can speak concerning 
marriage (I Cor. 14;1). 

Younger Christians are discovering 
the joy of Christian dating for its own 
sake. They have a contented freedom 
in their inter-sex relationships. Many 
go from brother-sister friendships and 
shared ministries past romantic type 
love on into exciting marriages, fully 
prepared to work at love until death. 

God gives singles the gift of singles 
contentment (IVlatt. 19:10-12; I Cor. 
7:7, 27) for a short while or for life in 
order to let them serve with a single- 
minded passion for the King and His 
Kingdom. 

Somehow Linda had never been 
taught her potential as a source of re- 
sponsible companionship. While in 
junior high school, her pastor prom- 
ised all the girls that God would send 
just the right man for each if they 
would guard their virginity. At mid- 
twenties, Linda panicked. Though ef- 
fective as a worker with girls, she 
reaped havoc in the lives of one 
brother after another— now an engage- 
ment, now a breakup. Once she 
learned that God makes no such deals 
with girls, she committed the whole 
idea of finding a mate to God, the real 
Cupid. She found single contentment. 
Later that gift was replaced with the 
gift of a life-mate. Had she continued 
in her frenzy, he might have been re- 
pelled; but God's timing is gracious. 

Eve and Rebekah were companion- 
ship gifts from God to Adam and 
Isaac. Just as Eve came to Adam to 
satisfy his need, so Rebekah later came 
to Isaac for: 

1) Companionship love in spiritual 
communion 

2) Married love in united flesh 

3) Parental love in childbearing 

In at least the first way, every sister 
is a gift to her brothers in Christ 

The wife of a pastor-friend came to 
me after a seminar and said she had 
never known how to relate to men in 
the church for fear serious conversa- 
tions could be taken as a slight to her 
husband. Now she would be free— as 
free as godly love is supposed to be (I 



John 4:18). Later her husband told 
how relaxed she had become in the fel- 
lowship of the whole church body. 

Godly love is multi-directional, 
reaching out as Jesus did to all. Only 
the kind of commitments we have 
make the difference: to all we are a 
brother or a sister; to some we are 
special friends; to a few we are rela- 
tives; to one we may be married. 

SUCCESS FACTOR II Soul- 
Knitting 

The Christian couple ought to 
guard the quality of their relationship 
during the soul-knitting process of dat- 
ing and engagement. 

Buried in the love relationship be- 
tween Jonathan and David is a prin- 
ciple called soul-knitting. Jonathan 
heard of David's reputation as a giant- 
killer and soldier for the Lord by faith. 
Jonathan's soul "was knit" to David's, 
"and Jonathan loved him as himself" 
(I Sam. 18:1 NASB). 

I had not seen Bob, the new groom, 
for two weeks since the wedding. For- 
getting my own early struggles in mar- 
riage, I asked him, "Isn't marriage 
great?" 

The pause made me glad his bride 
was not at his side. 

Finally: "Well, it's work. I'll say 
that. Two people can't really knov\i 
each other until they're married." 

Singles don't see a lot that is 
"great" about most of the marriages 
they brush with daily. When they see 
no fruit of the marital labor of couples 
around them, it may be because there 
has been no marital labor! 

For decades American dating has 
been a merry-go-round of fun and fan- 
tasies supposedly "working up" to 
enough love to get married. Often sex 
serves as oil on troubled waters during 
courtship that ought to be calmed by 
talking through values, goals, and dif- 
ferences. The American male hardly 
knows how to relate properly to a girl. 
His big images are Mom, the personal 
maid; movie stars, the sex objects; and 
manikins, the business promoter of 
everything from booze to car oil. 
Christian sisters have a ministry of 
healing they are generally not aware 
of. 



Guarding a relationship from be- 
coming physical during dating and en- 
gagement allows for necessary soul- 
knitting on God's part. 

SUCCESS FACTOR III Man to 
Man 

The Christian couple can gain confi- 
dence and strong resolution of wills 
through engagements and marriage 
when fathers and brothers work prop- 
erly. 

"I pledge my troth" sounds as 
strange to youth today as "until death 
do us part." But the Hollywood alter- 
native, "as long as love shall last," 
misses the mark altogether. 

Ouality Christian dating for its own 
sake can free singles from simply judg- 
ing relationships on the basis of their 
neat potential for social acclaim or 
access to marriage altars. This content- 
ment of mind and heart allows God's 
wee, small voice to speak concerning 
which person and when to propose or 
accept engagement. He will not speak 
out loud, but through such agents as a 
father (Abraham), or employee-friend 
(Eleazar), or His special envoys (Abra- 
ham's angel) (Genesis 24). There are 
the voices of well-informed, experi- 
enced, and concerned parents— 
especially dads. 

God honors the single who asks per- 
mission from dad to become engaged. 
The reply, "What about your debts?" 
may save a marriage from bad timing 
and unnecessary burdens at first. A 
prospective father-in-law's, "What is all 
this respect suddenly, when you have 
repeatedly disregarded my wishes to 
have Kathy home by a certain time?" 
may surface some fence-mending work 
that will avoid intra-family struggles 
later. 

Many couples are discovering that 
honoring parents in these ways allows 
God to bless dramatically. One non- 
Christian father replied, "I thought 
this kind of thing went out with 
Grandfather's generation." This gave 
an opening to witness for Christ. 

These three SUCCESS FACTORS 
can constitute God's wee, small voice 
in the American wilderness of mal- 
dating and bum miarriages. 



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as we go to press . . . 

Rev. David Goodman, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Bowling Green, Ohio, is leading a Bible 
Class at Toledo with excellent prospects for de- 
veloping a church in that city. 

Rev. William Schaffer flew to Hawaii December 14 
to supply the pastorate at the Waimalu Grace Brethren 
Church, Aiea. During January, Dr. Bernard Schneider 
will take over as interim pastor until a pastor is 
secured to replace Rev. Clifford Coffman who has re- 
signed. 

The Mid-Atlantic District recently licensed Jeffrey 
L. Dunkle, member and youth pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Hagerstown, Md. 

Five families of the Geistown Grace Brethren Church 

of Johnstown, Pa. , have each received gifts of 

$1,000. The funds were presented by the Grace 

Brethren Church of Elizabethtown, Pa., to be used for recovery from flood losses. The 

church at Elizabethtown also recently supplied a bus to the Grace Brethren Church of 

Hope, N.J. 

Philadelphia (EP) — In an annual survey of 200 Christian book critics. Eternity Mag- 
azine announces a tie for first place in the "Book of The Year" poll. Carl Henry's 
God, Revelation and Authority and Francis Schaeffer's How Should We Then Live? each 
received an identical number of votes, the first such tie in the poll's 17 year 
history. 

Raleigh, N.C. (EP) — The North Carolina attorney general's office has been asked to 
determine whether the compilation of a "Christian Yellow Pages" business directory 
is legal and constitutional. Advertisements for the directory, which accepts ads 
only from "born again" Christians, are being solicited in various parts of the state. 

The Deaf Fellowship class at the Grace Brethren Bible Church of Summit Hills, Puerto 
Rico, recently had an attendance of 71. Pastor Maxwell Brenneman also reports that 
his home was burglarized while the family was at church for the Sunday evening 
service! 

A sign-interpretation of the worship service each week is a new method being used 
for the deaf at the First Brethren Church of Lanham, Md. 

One of the most important decisions to be handed down in recent years among Bible 
colleges took place on Thursday, November 10, 1977, when, by unanimous vote by the 
Board of Trustees, it was decided to relocate Philadelphia College of Bible. Accord- 
ing to Acting President Robert E. Marquardt, "This is an exciting opportunity in a 
new phase of our College history. Our ministry and policies will remain the same 
as they have for the past 64 years in educating, training and serving our community." 
The Board stated in its decision that a more desirable site for a new campus would 
be within Philadelphia, or in the immediate suburban area. 

The resignation of Rev. Daniel Eshleman from the Patterson Memorial Brethren Church 
of Roanoke, Va. , will be effective Jan. 31, 1978. Mr. Eshleman has accepted a 
call to become pastor of the Gay Street Brethren Church of Hagerstown, Md. 



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reflections by still waters 



^e Other Side of the T)am 




The morning was chi 
very early. Very early for me at least; 
however, I have found the term 
"early" to be a relative one. When 
some people get up at nine o'clock in 
the morning, it is early. For other 
people 4 a.m. is not very early. But six 
o'clock in the morning with a fishing 
pole in my hand was (and is) early! My 
pillow has a special appeal at such an 
hour. The only reason I was caught in 
such an unlikely situation was because 
of an invitation. I assure you my heart 
and body were in two different loca- 
tions. 

It all went something like this: I 
was a young preacher and here was a 
gentleman from the church. He asked 
me if I like to fish and I implied I did. 
He invited me to go with him. I ac- 
cepted—and there I was. He had the 
equipment and the know-how and I 
wanted to be polite. There I stood at 
the foot of the dam and wanted to 
make some polite conversation since I 
thought I was better at talking than 
fishing. What do you say that early in 
the morning? Well, I did what every- 
one else docs when he is filling up the 
time, i said something stupid like— 
"Which side of the dam is the lake on?" 
A brilliant question! It had no sooner 
passed my lips than my mind began to 
function. Harold Stayer of Flora, Indi- 
ana, who was my fishing host, gave mie 
a strange look and tried to be polite. 

Normally, lakes are on the side 
above the dam and not below it. That 
is if everything is normal. If the situ- 
ation changes there are some prob- 
lems. Such have been the circum- 
stances during the past several years 
when water has broken through the 
dam and a potential tragedy became a 




Charles W. Turner 
Editor 



reality. Such disasters touch your 
heart, but somehow you do have to go 
on living. As Americans who sit down 
in front of the television each evening 
to listen and watch our fair share of 
hurt and sorrow, there is a degree of 
separation from the incidents. A vil- 
lage bombed in Israel or Lebanon, an 
Irish internal conflict, or an Indian vil- 
lage starving to death— all touch us, 
but only briefly. If we do not tune 
them out of our thoughts and forget 
them, we will not be ready for the 
next set of news items to hit us right 
after the commercial advertisement 
This fall the water got on "the other 
side of the dam." It happened in a 
quiet section of northeastern Georgia 
at Toccoa Falls— a Christian school was 
inundated with floods of water from a 
nearby earthen dam that had broken. 
Families were suddenly divided and 
separated, and death and sorrow came 
to the school and the lives of the in- 
volved people. The following evening 
my attention was riveted to the tele- 
cast from the area as person after per- 
son spoke of the sustaining grace of 
God in the midst of sorrow and death. 
Their faith in God was there to help 
them through the time of grief. 

Last fall I visited Johnstown, Penn- 
sylvania, some weeks after the flood, 
and the water was on "the other side 
\ of the dam." The loss of property and 
.\ the extent of damage was impossible 

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for me to grasp. Homes, businesses, 
and churches were devastated causing 
the lives of people to be instantly 
altered. The old would not have time 
to ever recover, and the young were 
puzzled by the sudden series of events. 
You seemed to be able to reach out, 
but somehow you could not fully 
touch the needs of the people. 

These are just two instances out of 
hundreds where our friends and 
brothers in the Lord were the victims 
in tragedies over which they had no 
control. In the Johnstown incident, 
there was a response from churches 
with gifts, and persons from even the 
distance of Hagerstown, Maryland, 
went to do some of the physical, 
cleaning-up labors to help. Many civic 
and government organizations are 
geared to be of benefit and in the 
matter of hours people are dispatched 
to stricken areas. Their physical pres- 
ence at such times means a great deal 
to those in need. 

There should be some attempt to 
give full consideration to how we can 
help other members of the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches when 
domestic needs arise. I do not know 
the full answer, but it is time to ask 
the question. I am certain by my 
knowledge of the Brethren, they 
would help if the channels were open 
to provide strength of body, warmth 
of heart, and sharing of material bene- 
fits in time of need to those of like 
faith. 

It is one thing to stand on the right 
side of the dam below the river and 
fish, but it is a vastly different thing 
to be directly involved in tragedy when 
the lake gets "on the other side of the 
dam." 



COVER: 

Grace College students David Wells and 
Merilyn Messner are shown with Dr. Jesse 
Humberd near the pendulum he donated to 
the new Science Center. The mosaic below 
the pendulum was designed by Art Davis 
and executed by Mrs. Jean Coverstone— both 
art instructors at Grace.— Photo by John 
Burtoft 

reported in the h^rm^ 

35 Years Ago- 1943 

The Brethren Hebrew Mission reported 
distributing 13,388 pieces of literature 
during 1942. . . . The Waynesboro, Pa., 
Church has established a new record 
offering for gifts to missions. The 
Home Missions offering is 51,339.03. 
Robert Crees, pastor. 

15 Years Ago- 1963 

Westminster, Calif., Grace Brethren re- 
ports ground-breaking for their pro- 
posed new building program. . . . The 
Wlio's Who list from Grace College in- 
cluded Luke Kauffman, Jeanine Lar- 
son, David Miller and Judy Rager. . . . 
Russell Ogden has accepted the offer 
to be president of the Akron Bible In- 
stitute. 

5 Years Ago- 1973 

In appreciation for 10 years of service 
as pastor, Charles Ashman received a 
gift of $1,450 to help finance a trip to 
Israel. . . . Glenn O'Neal is to deliver 
the Bauman Memorial Lectures at the 
Grace Bible Conference at Grace 
Schools. 



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Volume 40 Number 2 January 1 5, 1978 
Published on the first and fifteenth of 
each month (except— one issue only m the 
months of April, August and December) by 
The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 
P. O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Printed by BMH Printing 

Editor, Charles W, Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Artist, Timothy Kennedy 
Production Manager: Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 
Knute Larson. Foreign l\/lissions: Rev. John 
Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 
Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WIViC: Linda 
Hoke. 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona 
Lake, Ind. Published by the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company, P. O. Box 544. 
1104 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. Subscription prices: $5.00 a year; 
foreign, $5.75. Special rates to churches. 
Extra copies of this issue or back issues are 
available. They are priced at 25c each, post- 
age paid, with a minimum order of four 
copies. Please include your check with 
order. 



contents 

4 TRIBUTE TO DR. L. L. GRUBB 

6 SOUTH SECEDES 

7 MESSIANIC JUDAISM - WHAT IS IT? 

8 A COYOTE'S CRY 

14 SOUND INVESTMENT 

15 LANCERS SOCCER TEAM 

16 SUCCESSFUL SEASON FOR GRACE 
18 THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD OF 1977 



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• Reflections By Still Waters 2 •BMH News Report 12 • 
• As We Go to Press 20 • 



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letters 



Dear Reader, 

You will find a series of articles in this Herald dealing with one 
theme. Several disasters have occurred during the past year and 
they serve as a reminder of some of the problems of this world. 
There are some lessons to be learned that could help in the future. 
We are thankful for the Foreign Missionary Society and their 
special relief program (RABj. Relief Agency Brethren channels 
funds to those in need following a tragedy. As a fellowship, we 
lack a program or procedure to see help reach our Brethren 
families at the time of trouble. 

When visiting Johnstown several times after the flood, I heard 
repeated comments about other Christian believers who brought 
help in the form of themselves. There was response from the 
Maryland and Pennsylvania areas—and that was really appreciated. 
Next time it may be a tornado in Indiana or Iowa or Ohio— and 
the Brethren will be affected; or maybe a tragedy elsewhere— and 
have we learned anything from Johnstown? 

The newspage brings thanks from Johnstown, pages 18 and 
19 describe the damage and some suggestions for a procedure, and 
REFLECTIONS points up an appeal to stimulate some ideas 
from you as to how assistance can be organized. We trust the 
issue will be helpful and constructive. — CWT 



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Dr. Lester E. Pifer 





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'he words of the Apostle Paul to young Timothy 
describe a very beautiful and meaningful relationship. 
Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, 
mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus 
Christ our Lord. . . . According to the glorious 
gospel of the blessed God, which was committed 
to my trust. And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, 
who hath enabled me, for that he counted me 
faithful, putting me into the ministry; . . . And the 
grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with 
faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. . . . How- 
beit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me 
first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffer- 
ing, for a pattern to them which should hereafter 
believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the 
King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise 
God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. 
Amen (I Tim. 1:2,11,12,14,16,17). 
Like Timothy to Paul, I am deeply indebted to Lew 
Grubb, who was used of God to accomplish a ministry in 
my life. It was under his pastoral leadership at the First 
Brethren Church in Rittman, Ohio, that I came to 
Christ. He quickly began a process of discipleship with 
me that soon thrust me into preparation for the minis- 
try. His strong dedication to the Home Missions cause 
gave me the example and ideal to follow. During semi- 
nary and following graduation he was already guiding me 
into fruitful service for the Lord. 

The 12 years of association as his assistant in Breth- 
ren Home Missions were rewarding. His cooperation and 
interest in Home Missions never waned, even when turn- 
ing over the leadership responsibility to me. I am, and 
shall always be, indebted to him for the knowledge, ex- 
perience and training which I received. 

Dr. Grubb became the pastor of the First Brethren 
Church at Rittman during his seminary training. His 
aggressive ministry there left a trail of young lives, 13 as 
I remember, who entered full-time service. He moved 
next to a new Home Missions ministry at Hagerstown, 
Maryland, where that church grew into a strong vital 
ministry. The Family Altar Broadcast was started and 
continues to this day as one of the most popular reli- 
gious broadcasts in that area. 

In the fall of 1944 he was called to assume the execu- 
tive secretaryship of The Brethren Home Missions 
Council. During the 21 years of his leadership, over 100 
home mission churches were being developed, with 57 of 
those going self-supporting. His love for people led to 
the establishment of special ministries to the Spanish- 
Americans, the Navajo Indians, the people of Appalachia 
in Kentucky, the Jewish people of Los Angeles and the 
Negroes of Fremont, Ohio. 

The development of the Brethren Construction 
Crews, the Brethren Investment Foundation and the 
Brethren Architectural Service has contributed im- 
measurably to the advancement of the Home Missions 
cause. His use of new methods, ideas, and well-trained 
pastoral leadership brought rich growth to the National 



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Fellowship of Brethren Churches. 

Dr. Grubb's excellent ministry with the Word, his per- 
sonal soul-winning activity, his wisdom and business 
acumen drew much attention to the home mission pro- 
gram within and without the Brethren Church. 

Dr. Grubb resigned from the executive leadership of 
Home Missions in 1965 to be an associate pastor at the 
First Brethren Church, Long Beach, California. In 1967 
he assumed the pastorate of a new home mission 
church at Orange, California. In five years the church 
grew into a self-supporting work, an example of what 
can be done in home mission church development. He 
also served as the pastor of the Grace Brethren Church at 
San Bernardino, California, following his ministry at 
Orange. 

His enthusiasm for starting new churches never 
declined. Though he was not actively involved for a while, 
his interest and his cooperation were always there. More 
recently, his work as stewardship representative has 
brought and will continue to bring great dividends to 
Home Missions. His faithfulness and strong dedication 
drove him on in service to his wonderful Lord until the 
moment when God was to call him home. 

His faithful wife Janice and his family contributed 
much to Dr. Grubb's ministry in the sacrifice of a 
father's presence and fellowship. His concern for his 
family, his desire for their spiritual and physical welfare 
was a daily matter for prayer. Nor was his concern for 
the missionary family any less fervent. When they were 
troubled, he was troubled; when they wept, he wept; 
when they rejoiced, he rejoiced. To me, his life was a 
beautiful pattern to follow. 

The fervency of this man of God came from his call 
to the ministry and his great anticipation of the coming 
of the Lord Jesus. The faithful words of the Apostle 
Paul to young Timothy again seem most appropriate. 

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my 

course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is 

laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the 

Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that 

day: and not to me only, but unto all them also 

that love his appearing (II Tim. 4:7,8). 

The Psalmist says, "Precious in the sight of the Lord 
is the death of his saints" (Ps. 116:15). Dr. Grubb 
finished his ministry for Home Missions at our Grace 
Brethren Church in San Diego, California, on Sunday 
evening, November 27, 1977. Heart pains put him in the 
hospital the next day. Ultimately, he required open 
heart surgery, in which God, in His sovereignty, chose to 
take him home. He has already begun his eternal fellow- 
ship with our Lord, up there. 

Lew Grubb would not want us to sorrow as those 
who have no hope, but rejoice in the soon appearance of 
our Saviour and the joys of everlasting fellowship in 
heaven. 



Christ Returneth 

It may be at morn, when the day is awaking, 
When sunlight through darkness and shadow is 

breaking, 
That Jesus will come in the fullness of glory, 
To receive from the world "His own." 

It may be at midday, it may be at twilight, 
it may be, perchance, that the blackness of mid- 
night 
Will burst into light in the blaze of His glory. 
When Jesus receives "His own." 

While its hosts cry Hosanna, from heaven de- 
scending. 
With glorified saints and the angels attending. 
With grace on His brow, like a halo of glory, 
Will Jesus receive "His own." 

Oh, joy! oh, delight! should we go without dying. 
No sickness, no sadness, no dread and no crying, 
Caught up through the clouds with our Lord into 

glory. 
When Jesus receives "His own." 

O Lord Jesus, how long, how long 
Ere we shout the glad song, 
Christ returneth! Hallelujah! 
hallelujah! Amen, Hallelujah! Amen. 

—H. L. Turner 
James McGranahan 




A memorial fund in honor of the late Dr. L. L. 
Grubb has been established to add a free-standing 
spire to the Grace Brethren Church, Orange, Cali- 
fornia. Dr. Grubb, who started the Orange work 
and built the church, had a spire in the original 
plans, but due to the cost at the time decided to 
omit it. We feel it would be a very appropriate 
memorial to have one of his desires fulfilled. Please 
send all memorial gifts to the Grace Brethren 
Church, 2201 East Fairhaven Avenue, Orange, 
California 92669. 



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The Aiken, South Carolina, Grace Brethren 
Church has, in their church building program, se- 
ceded from the conventional building plan fol- 
lowed in Brethren Home Missions. The Aiken 
church's plan is to build as funds become available 
through church gifts. 

A dedication service was held November 6, 
1977, and at that time the property on which the 
building is to be located was dedicated to the Lord. 
The total property consisting of 15.5 acres costing 
over $25,000, is debt-free. The building area was 
outlined with ribbon and the 86 people present 
helped to make the outline "come alive" and "out- 
standing." Mr. Robert Butterbaugh was chosen for 
the dedication prayer. 

A carefully prepared chart outlines the progress 
and goals for the property development. Some site 
work has been completed in the clearing of the 
property and preparing for the building foun- 
dation. The architect fees are paid up to date and 
there are no outstanding obligations. The church is 
praying for a job administrator to oversee the 
building program. 

Pastor Steve Taylor has been on the field two 



and a half years and, along with a $25,000 prop- 
erty paid for, the local church now carries 85 per- 
cent of the pastor's salary. A goal for self- 
supporting status has been set for the end of 1978. 
The financial picture of this church is far above the 
"normal" Home Missions project. 

The church, in its spiritual growth, has even ex- 
ceeded its financial progress. The average Sunday 
a.m. attendance for November 1977, was 74— a 37 
percent increase from 1976. There have been de- 
cisions, baptisms, and new members added on a 
regular basis. A number of young people are in 
college in response to God's leading in their lives. 

The Southeast District churches are supporting 
the work and have set February 5, 1978, as "Aiken 
Day" when a special offering will be taken for the 
Aiken building program. 

Brethren Home Missions congratulates the Aiken 
Brethren and wishes them success in their "seced- 
ing" from a conventional plan, if it can produce a 
self-supporting church within a three and a half 
year period of a five-year program. We love Home 
Missions churches that first succeed and then 
secede— as self-supporting. 



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messianic judaism - 




What 



In the last hundred years many 
churches have sought to present the 
claims of Christ to the Jewish people 
and have not found an easy road. Are 
there reasons for the lack of interest 
on the part of the Jewish people in 
hearing the claims of Christ? There arc 
more Jewish Missions today involved 
in trying to win the Jewish people to 
Christ than ever before. Are they suc- 
ceeding or are they failing in their ef- 
forts? What is Messianic Christianity 
and is it Biblical? These are questions 
that need answering if we are to under- 
stand Jewish Evangelism. 

Messianic Judaism is something that 
many churches are hearing about more 
and more these days and many are 
wondering if it is based on the Word of 
God. Or, is it just a new fad that will 
fade away in time? In my contacts 
with Jews who are involved in this new 
type of movement— the majority are 
charismatic in their theology. Is there 
a reason for this? 1 feel that because 
Jews are emotional people, this 
type of movement does appeal to the 
flesh. The other reason is there is 
much ritualism involved. 

For thousands of years the Jewish 
believer has felt that in order to reach 
his Jewish brethren for Christ he needs 
to bend over backwards to prove that 
accepting Jesus docs not necessitate 
losing Jewish identity. What do I mean 
by identity'^. The customs and religious 
holidays are part of the Jewish make- 
up; and you cannot separate the one 
from the other. The real problem is 
that Messianic Judaism has put a great 
stress on the keeping of the Law or to 



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follow the customs of Judaism and to 
teach that a Jew needs to believe in 
Jesus as Messiah. The real problem is 
how one keeps his heritage and yet 
does not live under the Law. There are 
no easy answers to these questions, 
but there are answers in the Word of 
God. The Apostle Paul became all 
things to all men that he might win 
them to Christ. In studying the life of 
Paul we see one going into the Temple 
to offer the prescribed sacrifices under 
the Law of Moses. Does this mean that 
we need to follow Paul's example of 
reaching the Jew? The answer is yes or 
no. In Paul's day one could go into the 
Temple and worship alongside unsaved 
Jews. But that is not the case today. In 
applying the methodology of Paul we 
need to be careful and to understand 
the customs of the day in which we 
live. I am not saying that all of the 
methods used in Paul's day are to be 
rejected but 1 am saying that we need 
to understand the social mores of our 
day. 

Messianic Judaism is saying to the 
Jews of our day— "You can still be a 
Jew and hold on to the customs of the 
fathers." Is this Biblical or not? There 
are those in the church who say once a 
Jewish person accepts Christ as Mes- 
siah, he is to forget his heritage and to 
identify with a local church. Then 
there are those who say the church 
knows nothing about the heritage of 
the Jew, and the Jewish convert feels 
strange in a church with Gentile sur- 
roundings. Who is right? The one who 



wants to take the Jew out of his herit- 
age, or the one who says: "once a Jew, 
always a Jew"? I am sure in Paul's day 
he faced the same questions. The an- 
swer is found in the Word of God. In 
Galatians Paul speaks of not being 
brought into bondage and trying to 
keep the Law of Moses. I believe what 
Paul was saying is that for a Jew to 
celebrate his Jewish heritage is one 
thing, but to observe the Holy Days as 
part of one's salvation is not Biblical 
and makes the grace of God of no 
value, as the Jew is depending on 
works. 

If the Book of Galatians were fol- 
lowed through and obeyed, there 
would be no Messianic Judaism as we 
know it today. The reason for the 
Book of Galatians was that Paul knew 
there would be Jews who would come 
on the scene and say YOU NEED TO 
KEEP THE LAW OF MOSES and fol- 
low the observances, and believe in 
Jesus as Messiah to be saved. Unless 
checked, this movement can lake 
many Jews away from the simplicity 
of the Gospel and teach the doctrines 
of men and not of God. Paul speaks 
(in the third chapter of Galatians) of 
the Holy Spirit being received by faith 
and not by works. This has never been 
changed since the days of Paul and 
never will be as it is the Word of God. 
What is the answer to this new move- 
ment? Jews need to be made aware of 
the Word of God and that when we 
start to live by works and do not live 
by FAITH, we fall from grace as Paul 
speaks of it, and that we make the 
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Robert W. Thompson 



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Coyote's 6ry 



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Lying there in the stillness of the 
early morning, I watched sleepily the 
ghostly gray shadows of dawn creep 
through the coach's windows. The 
radiant warmth of the electric blanket 
made it easy to savor those few re- 
maining moments of rest before the 
crush of a busy day's schedule here in 
Navajoland. Looking out the window, 
I could see the outline of Mission 
buildings standing stark against the 
pink hues of the morning skies. Sud- 
denly, in the far distance, the mourn- 
ful cry of a coyote broke the stillness 
and soon the world was alive with 
sounds as dogs from neighboring In- 
dian camps took up the discordant re- 
frain. I couldn't help but ponder 
whether this canine chorus was ex- 
pressing its sadness and dismay at the 
passing of the night or, in contrast, 
was it exultantly responding to the 
opportunities of a new day. 

Roused fully now, the reason for 
my being there on that Thanksgiving 
weekend crowded out all other 
thoughts. Today would be the day 
when the Counselor congregation 
would officially dedicate the first 
new Navajo church building— well, not 
really the first— but rather the public 
recognition of the new things that arc 
going on among the Navajo Brethren. 
A new era is beginning! 

With the Norelco removing the hir- 
sute stubble of yesterday's growth, my 



mind wandered back over the years of 
our involvement among the Navajo 
people. Flooding my mind were the 
nostalgic memories of earlier days 
and our efforts to reach these colorful 
people for Christ. I was startled briefly 
at the smile on the face staring back at 
me from the mirror when the thought 
crossed my mind that maybe I, like 
those lonely coyotes, had a slight am- 
bivalence of emotion at the signifi- 
cance of this day— excited with the 
progress but reluctant to give up some 
of yesterday's patterns. No longer 
would we see the Navajos gathering at 
the Mission each Sunday for services. 
Will it really work? Is this really the 
right thing? Have we done the best for 
these beloved Brethren in encouraging 
them to take this step of progress in 
church growth? A new expression was 
now reflected in the mirror. A frown 
of uncertainty had replaced the happy 
expression of a moment before. My 
search for answers to these myriad 
questions brought no immediate satis- 
faction. I wondered if Paul and Barna- 
bas and others of those early church 
planters had suffered similar emotions 
as they left their embryonic churches 
to push on to new points. Paul's words 
to his Ephesian friends were suddenly 
pregnant with meaning: 

Take heed therefore unto your- 
selves, and to all the flock, over 
the which the Holy Ghost hath 



made you overseers, to feed the 
church of God, which he hath 
purchased with his own blood. 
For I know this, that after my 
departing shall grievous wolves 
enter in among you, not sparing 
the flock. . . . Therefore watch, 
and remember, that by the space 
of three years I ceased not to 
warn every one night and day 
with tears (Acts 20:28,29,31). 
Would this be so with this little band 
of believers? Would the wolves of un- 
belief, unconcern, and ungodliness 
come and dissipate the testimony of 
this congregation? Will it blossom for a 
while, only to wilt with the heat of 
adversity, or will it continue to grow 
and spread its message to other claris 
and tribes? The future is known only 
to God, but a sure program for success 
is contained in this message to the 
Ephesian believers of two millenniums 
ago: 

And now. Brethren, I commend 
you to God, and to the word of 
his grace, which is able to build 
you up, and to give you an in- 
heritance among all them which 
are sanctified (Acts 20:32). 
But there was no more time for idle 
wondering. With boots shined and 
Superintendent Jensen's borrowed 
"bolo" tie proudly displayed, we were 
off for our first stop at Nageezi which 
is 1 5 miles north and west of Counselor. 



Phil Lesko came to our Mission 
staff imbued with the spirit of planting 
indigenous Navajo churches. He has 
ably equipped himself with a knowl- 
edge of the Navajo language and for 
some three years has been developing a 
local Navajo church. On arrival we 
learned that a number of his people 
were not present that day but that was 
not surprising as many of them would 
be attending the big celebration later 
on in the morning. We were delighted 
to witness the very lovely facility 
which Mr. Lesko and his group, with 
help from friends, had been able to 
erect— a single chapel with a typical Na- 
vajo summer house adjacent for a "Sun- 
day School Annex."They were conclud- 
ing a series of meetings with a Navajo 
speaker and we regretted that we were 
not able to share at greater length. 
However, with greetings extended and 
pictures taken, we excused ourselves 
for the long, dusty ride to our next 
stop— the main event of the day. 

En route I learned something of the 
adversities these small congregations 
had been having in acquiring property 
for their new buildings. One might 
think from a casual perusal of the 
many empty miles stretching in every 
direction that acquring a building site 
would be a small matter. Such was not 
the case and the usual complexities of 
red tape, so common in urban areas, 
were found even here in this primitive 
land. None of the tribal lands were 
available and every request was met 
with a rejection. God, at last, made 
possible a unique lease arrangement 
with a kindly lady living many miles 
away. She, in return for a token sum, 
permitted the church to be erected on 
her property. The site is high on a 
mesa, providing a breathtaking view of 
singularly beautiful New Mexico. Its 
location will greatly lessen the distance 
the congregation will have to travel for 
services. 

For years the Brethren Navajo be- 
lievers have been having their services 
on the Mission compound at Counse- 
lor. Today they would be assembled 
in their own building, in their own 
community. In Navajo time the service 
was announced for 10 a.m.— 
Anglicized that worked out to be 
11:30. Not too surprising, when you 
remember that on the reservation 
there aren't too many deadlines and 
there is little need for exact chrono- 
logical accountability. That times are 
changing was immediately evident as 



Pastor John Trujillo 




*tm-eli Ghurch dedicated November 27, 197* 



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Feast following the dedication. 




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we took note of the mode of trans- 
portation used by the assembling 
Navajos. The familiar horses and 
wagons, for years the main mode of 
travel, were now replaced by colorful 
pickup trucks. We watched them 
jockey for key positions close to the 
church building; and soon large con- 
tainers of food appeared on a blazing 
fire in preparation for the feast that 
was to follow. Goat, mutton, and that 
mainstay of the Navajo diet, fry bread, 
was the menu for the day. Huge pots 
with boiling coffee added a tantalizing 
aroma to the crisp mountain air as 
people gathered for this special oc- 
casion. 

Pastor Nelson Betoney, with his 
delegation of believers from the 
Navajo Church at Red Lake, Arizona, 
came to share in testimony and song. 
The Pinehill Navajo Baptist congre- 
gation likewise added to the growing 
crowd. A festive spirit was in the air as 
at long last the meeting got underway 
with the singing of familiar hymns in 
an unfamiliar tongue. Two complete 
services were the order of the day, 
with the dedication service followed 
by a regular morning worship time. 
The entire program took well over 
four hours, non-stop. However, there 
was no evidence of boredom or lack of 
interest There were testimonies in 
word and song, Bible reading and 
prayer, and, of course, the preaching 
of the Word. There were no clocks in 
evidence to warn of the passing time 
and the traditional Brethren high noon 



SupL Richard Jensen 
(center with mustache) 
walking forward to give 
the benediction. 



sermonic termination point was passed 
quickly without note. Mr. Tully Butler 
from the Bible Church at Brigham 
City, Utah, brought a delightful mes- 
sage on "missions" and, in deference 
to the missionaries present, gave inter- 
mittent commentaries in English. 

The special privilege of the dedi- 
cation address had been given to 
Pastor Lee Trujillo, a trophy of God's 
grace and the early ministry of our 
Navajo Mission. Because of recent 
serious illness, it was thought that Lee 
would not be able to attend, but God's 
grace proved sufficient. Even his 
stoical Navajo face could not hide his 
radiant happiness on this joyful occa- 
sion. These were his people . . . these 
were his friends . . . this young pastor 
introducing him was his own son. 
What more could a faithful servant of 
the Lord ask at the end of a long and 
faithful ministry? As I saw the two of 
them standing there behind the pulpit, 
I thought again of the coyote's cry in 
the early morning hour. An era was 
passing with its distinct contri- 
bution to the total program of evangel- 
ism among the Navajo, but the new 
day that is dawning presents unlimited 



opportunities. With young men like 
John Trujillo, Nelson Betoney and Phil 
Lesko, we have every reason to be 
optimistic about the future. 

As my eyes drifted across the con- 
gregation of brown-skinned Navajos I 
noted, like the first flakes of snow on 
the brown earth, the occasional pale 
face of a missionary. I felt a great 
sense of pride as I reflected on the 
many years of faithful service on be- 
half of these dedicated servants of the 
Lord. Important also, the scores and 
scores of Brethren across America and 
around the world who, though not 
able to be here in person today, in a 
real sense are responsible for the vic- 
tory of this celebration. 

As we stood for the benediction 
and Rev. Richard Jensen, the newly 
appointed Superintendent of the Mis- 
sion, came forward for the closing 
prayer, the room grew suddenly quiet. 
The rustling of the crowd was stilled 
and a hush fell across the room in the 
solemnity of the moment. It may have 
been a dog, or even my imagination, 
but I'll always think that in the mo- 
mentary stillness I heard again the 
coyote's cry. 



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messiAnic judAism - 

(Continued from page 7) 

Word of God void in the lives of those 

who hear it 

The problem of Messianic Judaism 
is something we have to face as many 
Jews are coming to a true l<nowledgc 
of the Lord Jesus Christ Many of 
them are becoming involved with this 
type of teaching and we need to be 
able to show them from the Word that 
a Jew can still identify with his people 
and follow the Lord in obedience. I 
would say that the Book of Hebrews 
and the Book of Galatians can best an- 
swer these problems that many Jewish 
believers face today. The Book of 
Hebrews does show the Jew that 
Christ is better than the angels and is 
greater than Moses and that His priest- 
hood is of greater value than trying to 
keep the Law of Moses. It speaks to 
the Jewish mind as no other book in 
the New Testament. The reason for 
the book being written was that many 
Jews were coming to believe that Jesus 
was the Messiah and were wondering if 
accepting Him was enough to make 
them justified in the sight of God 
without keeping the Law. The Book of 
Galatians also speaks to the Jewish be- 
liever that trying to keep the Law and 
accepting Jesus as Messiah cannot 
work as you make the grace of God of 
no effect. In my meeting of those who 
attend Hebrew Christian Houses of 
Worship, they push Jesus into the 
background and in some places they 
do not even mention His name. The 
services are in Hebrew and they have 
Friday night worship and stress the 
wearing of skull caps and prayer 
shawls. The name of Jesus is not 
spoken and the rituals are stressed. 
Most of the followers are charismatic 
in theology. In all that has been said, 
what can we do as believers to direct 
the Jewish believers into the right 
path? We need to show them in love 
that what they are following is not 
based on Scripture but one's own read- 
ing into the Word what it does not say. 
We should not attack their beliefs, but 
in love make them prove their beliefs. 
The learning of the customs and be- 
liefs of the Jewish people is very im- 
portant in knowing how to deal with 
them concerning the movement. 

The Word of God does have an an- 
swer to Messianic Judaism. "PRAY 
FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM: 
THEY SHALL PROSPER THAT 
LOVE THEE" (Ps. 122:6). 




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DThe Michigan State football team invited a Puppet Team 
made up of young people from the Community Grace 
Brethren Church of Whittier, Calif., to participate in a Sun- 
day morning service held at Pasadena for the team, staff, 
wives and children. The Puppet Team gave a Christmas 
presentation, and Colonel Heath Bottomly spoke at the 
service. 

D Anita Bryant was voted the Most Admired Woman by 
readers of Goodhousekeeping Magazine in its yearly poll. 
Miss Bryant won the title over Pat Nixon, last year's Most 
Admired Woman. 

DOId Tappan, N.J. (EP)— Corrie ten Boom, widely known 
for her story The Hiding Place underwent a successful 
operation at age 85 for the implantation of a pacemaker for 
her tired heart. 

"The choice was: go to heaven or have this operation," 
Miss ten Boom said. "The former would have been the most 
wonderful for me, but there is still so much work to do 
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□ Two Brethren churches have ICL (International Center 
for Learning) Seminars coming up, and one church will 
sponsor an ICL Clinic. 

March 17, 18-Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio, 
clinic 

April 13-15-First Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif., 
seminar 

May 18-20— Grace Brethren Church, Worthington, Ohio, 
seminar 



Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest always 
upon, these new families who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six-month free subscription to the Herald is given to 
newlyweds whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

April Coffman and Gunnar Estep, Aug. 6, Waipio Grace 
Brethren Church, Wahiawa, Hawaii. The ceremony was per- 
formed by Rev. Foster Tresise and Rev. Clifford Coffman, 
the bride's father. 



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BEARINGER, William, 84, Dec. 3, a charter member of 

First Brethren Church of Waynesboro, Pa. He was the 

father of missionary Ernie Bearinger and former missionary, 

Mrs. Clark Miller. Wendell E. Kent, pastor. 

WERNER, Elizabeth, Oct. 1, a charter member of Grace 

Brethren Church of Elizabethtown, Pa. Warren E. Tamkin, 

pastor. 

SMITH, Elmer T, 81, Nov. 15, a member of the Grace 

Brethren Church of Hopewell, Pa. Kurt A. Miller, pastor. 



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Alexandria, Va., Jan. 29-Feb. 1; W. Carl Miller, pastor; 
Nathan Meyer, speaker. 



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D Western Schools of Long 
Beach, Calif., has announced 
the appointment of a new 
president. He is Dr. Robert S. 
McBirnie— formerly Dean of 
the Western Schools. Before 
his service at Western Schools 
began three years ago, Dr. 
McBirnie was vice-president- 
director of development at 
Philadelphia College of Bible, 
Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Mc- 
Birnie, with his wife and two 
daughters, lives in Lakewood, 
Calif. 

cnanqe your annual 

Rev. Robert Kern, 24268 Pleasant View Dr., Elkhart, Ind. 
46514. . . . Grace Brethren Church of Hemet, Calif., church 
phone: 714/927-3031. ... Rev. Robert Divine, home 
phone: 219/291-5781. . . . new secretary at Grace Brethren 
Church of Saddleback Valley of Mission Viejo, Calif.: Mrs. 
Michael Friedman, 24162 Twig, El Toro, Calif. 
92630. . . . East Side Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, 
Ohio, church phone: 614/861-5810. . . . Emiyn H. Jones, 
transfer of church membership to Grace Brethren Church 

of Greater Washington of Washington, D.C Singer Hill 

Grace Brethren Church— mailing address: P.O. Box 121, R. 
R. 8, Johnstown, Pa., 15909. . . , Pike Brethren Church- 
mailing address: P.O. Box 288, R. R. 6, Johnstown, Pa. 
15909. 

nWashington (EP)— Congress has voted to raise the man- 
datory retirement age from 65 to 70 years for most of the 
nation's employers who have 20 or more employees. This 
includes churches and their agencies, according to a Depart- 
ment of Labor spokesman. 

The 1977 amendments to the Age Discrimination in Em- 
ployment Act of 1967 have passed both houses of Con- 
gress, but differences between the two versions must be 



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resolved in conference committee. Both houses must then 
vote again before the measure goes to President Carter. 

Churches and their agencies are included in the 1967 
law, which prohibits mandatory retirement before age 65, 
according to Frank LaRusso, administrator of the Wage and 
Hour Division of the Department of Labor. Therefore, he 
pointed out, under the 1977 amendments, churches and 
their agencies having 20 or more employees must adjust 
their personnel policies to allow employees to work until 
age 70. 

The Senate bill would permit continued retirement at 65 
for professors at private or public institutions of higher 
learning who have unlimited tenure and for highly paid 
executives whose pensions would exceed $20,000. It would 
go into effect Jan. 1979. 

n Brasilia (EP)— Some 100 Americans, missionaries who 
have worked among Indian tribes in the interior, have been 
directed to leave Brazil. 

Missionaries affiliated with the Summer Institute of 
Linguistics, a branch of the Wycliffe Bible Translators 
which has its headquarters in California, are affected by the 
directive. Forty or more Europeans also have been told to 
leave the country. 

The Wycliffe group has been extraordinarily successful 
in translating and reducing to writing, languages of Indian 
tribes never before printed. The Americans are estimated to " 
have stations in 40 areas in Brazil. 

Gen. Arujo Oliveira Ismarth, who heads the National 
Indian Affairs Foundation, said the translators would be 
replaced by Brazilians who could do the work. 

The announcement was made as U.S. Secretary of State 
Vance arrived for talks with Brazilian officials. 



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"Sound Investment," with representatives from seven American states and 
Japan is the newest musical group on the Grace College campus. The choral, 
brass and rhythm group has been presenting special services in churches in 
Indiana, Ohio and iVIichigan. 

The group's repertoire consists of hymn arrangements and a variety of 
contemporary Christian music. The central theme of the group is to present 
Jesus Christ through its music. 

Founder and director of the group is Dave IVIelton, a senior from South 
Bend, Indiana, majoring in music. Professor Donald Ogden, professor of 
music, is the faculty advisor and Mick Wenger of Minburn, Iowa, is sound 
technician. 

The vocalists include Paula Snell of Martinsburg, Pennsylvania; Melodye 
Gay of Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania; Sherilyn Smith of Warsaw, Indiana; LuAnn 
Waggoner of Fremont, Ohio; Doug Strader of Drayton Plaines, Michigan; Jim 
Smith of Winona Lake, Indiana; Mike Yocum of Mishawaka, Indiana; and 
Tim Hamman of Syracuse, Indiana. 

In the brass section are trumpet players Tim Maiuri of St. Clair Shore, 
Michigan; Dan Oxiey of Japan; and Ken Steele of Brea, California. Trom- 
bonists are Dan Peterson of East Hazel Crest, Indiana; Kathy Stauffer of 
Warsaw, Indiana; and Paul Thompson of Winona Lake, Indiana. Steve Nelson 
of Petoskey, Michigan, plays the French horn. 

Dave French of Warsaw, Indiana; Geoff Burgess of Columbus, Ohio; 
Dennis Anderson of Troy, Michigan; and Dave Stroup of Valencia, California; 
play rhythm with Bryce Inman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, accompany- 
ing on the piano. 



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The Grace College Soccer Team — (front row, left to right): 
Paul Henning, Scott Anderson, Curtis Donley, Rich Fisher, 
Tim Hamman, Jim Zielasko, Rod Appleby and Assistant 
Coach Dave Diehl. (Second row): Craig Newkirk, Greg Leigh, 



Doug Strader, Vern Fredncks, Don Stonebeck, Vic De- 
Renzo and Paul Thompson. (Back row): Assistant Coach 
Dan Snively, Dave Jackson, John Henthorn, Jim Campbell, 
Tim Arens, Tim VanDuyne, Tom Beckett and Coach Tim 
Kenoyer. 



Lancers Soccer Team 

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Grace and Bryan College seem to 
have a penchant for extra duty when it 
comes to National Christian College 
Athletic Association soccer tourna- 
ments. This year was no exception as 
the Lions from Dayton, Tennessee, 
duplicated their 1976 national cham- 
pionship overtime victory over Grace 
with a 2-1 triple overtime thriller at 
Chattanooga. 

The Lancers earned the trip to the 
nationals with a 4-2 overtime win over 
Cedarville and then a 5-1 rout of pre- 
viously unbeaten John Wesley to win 
the District NCCAA championship. 

Grace ended the season with a 10-4 
overall record and 4-2 in the Mid- 
Central Conference. The Lancers were 
third in the MCC. 

For the second year in a row. 
Lancers Paul Henning and Tim Van- 
Duyne were members of the All- 
Conference soccer team. Henning, a 



junior from Camp Springs, Maryland, 
who was also AII-MCC his freshman 
season, led the Lancers in scoring with 
19 goals and nine assists. He also was 
the team leader with 125 shots on 
goal. Against Manchester he scored 
four goals, but perhaps his finest of- 
fensive performance came in the 
NCCAA District championship when 
he scored three goals and assisted on 
two others in the Lancer victory over 
undefeated John Wesley. In addition 
to his conference honors last year, the 
Grace forward was named first team 
NAIA (National Association of Inter- 
collegiate Athletics) All-America and 
first team NCCAA All-America. 

VanDuyne is a sophomore fullback 
from Argos, Indiana, who led his team 
to a high school state championship. 
He paced Grace in defense with 428 
clears on the season. Against Cedarville 
in the first round of the NCCAA tour- 
ney, he had 60 defensive clears in a 



multiple overtime win, while in the 
90-minute regulation, his best was 56 
clears against conference foe, Tri- 
State. He also scored seven goals and 
assisted on four others, including a 
three-goal, one-assist effort against 
Manchester. VanDuyne was also NAIA 
first team All-America last year. 

Seniors on the team included Tim 
Arens, St. Ann, Missouri; Jim Camp- 
bell, Stow, Ohio; Vic Derenzo, Li- 
vonia, Michigan; Dave Jackson, Day- 
ton, Ohio; Greg Leigh, East Lynn, 
Illinois; and Jim Zielasko, Winona 
Lake, Indiana. 

Arens, the team's goalie, had an 
outstanding year with 145 saves; Jack- 
son, 255 clears, 1 goal; Leigh, 423 
clears, 1 goal; Derenzo, 25 clears, 12 
shots on goal; and Zielasko, 1 1 9 clears. 

The Lancers were coached by Tim 
Kenoyer, with David Diehl and Dan 
Snively serving as assistants. 



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The 197/ (jiace College Tennis Team- (front, left to i ight): Stan Hueni, Ken Sipe, Hob Hueni, 
Dave Wells. (Back, left to right): Coach Don R. J. Cramer, Jon Hueni, Dan Heiser, Keith 
Denlinger. 



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Two seniors and six freshmen (in- 
cluding three brothers) put together a 
successful 1977 tennis season for the 
Grace College Lancers. 

Jon Hueni, senior from Bremen, In- 
diana, captured the National Associ- 
ation of Intercollegiate Athletics Dis- 
trict 21 singles title without the loss of 
a set. He is the first Lancer ever to 
qualify for the national finals in 
Kansas City, Missouri, which will be 
held in May of 1978. Jon teamed with 
brother Rob, a freshman, to win the 
number two spot in the doubles tour- 
ney. Both were named to the All- 
District team. Grace placed second 
behind Taylor University. Other 
schools competing included Anderson, 
Manchester, Huntington, Tri-State, 
Hanover, Earlham, Huntington, Mari- 
on, and Bethel. 

On his way to an undefeated season 
in singles, Jon also wrapped up the 
Mid-Central Conference number one 
singles, then teamed with Rob to tak« 
the number one doubles place. Both 
Jon and Rob were unanimously se- 
lected to the AII-MCC team. The third 
brother, Stan, a senior, was runner-up 
in the number two conference singles 



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and teamed with Dan Heiser, a fresh- 
man (also of Bremen), to take the run- 
ner-up place in the second doubles. 

Other freshmen making contribu- 
tions to the season were Keith Den- 
linger, West Milton, Ohio; Ken Sipe, 
Berne, Indiana; David Wells, Long 
Beach, California; and Greg Ciha, Cen- 
tral City, Iowa. Denlinger was run- 
ner-up in the number six singles and 
teamed with Sipe for second spot in 
the third doubles. 

As a team, Grace was second be- 
hind Tri-State in the tourney and in 
the final standings. The Lancers ended 
the season with a 7-4 overall record 
and 5-1 in the MCC. Grace, coached 
by Don Cramer for the past five years, 
has won three MCC titles in that time. 

The Grace team had the opportuni- 
ty to be in Pennsylvania over Thanks- 
giving break. Dr. R. Douglas Cassel, 



member of the Grace Schools Board of 
Trustees, hosted a tennis clinic and 
open play for Brethren churches in the 
North Atlantic District on Saturday 
afternoon, November 27. The event 
was held at the spacious Hershey 
Racquet Club. 

Coach Cramer and members of the 
team worked with beginners, inter- 
mediates and advanced players 
through a clinic and then open play 
followed. Dr. and Mrs. Cassel and 
daughters also provided a time of food 
and fellowship following the tennis. 

On Sunday, November 27, the team 
had the privilege of conducting the 
morning worship hour at the Melrose 
Gardens Grace Brethren Church in 
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The team 
sang three hymns, gave testimonies, 
and Jon Hueni brought the message. 
Mr. Cary Engle, vice moderator, pre- 
sided at the service in the absence of 
Pastor Phillip J. Simmons. 

Team members took part in the 
Harrisburg Youth For Christ meeting 
on Saturday evening. Several families 
in the Melrose church opened their 
homes to the team, with Pete Larson 
serving as coordinator. 







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it be "in their honor" on their birthday, anniversary or other occasion; or as 
an expression of your love and sympathy "in memory of a departed loved 
one or friend. 

An appropriate card of "congratulations" or of "sympathy" will be sent to 
the person or family named. The amount of your thoughtful gift will not be 
revealed. It will be an investment in the Christian education of Grace College 
and Seminary students. 

The following gifts were received during November 1977. 





In Memory of : 

Elizabeth Werner 

Myrth Tisor 

Rev. Donald W. Farner 

John Hobgood 

Mrs. Anna Williams 

Dr. Charles H. Ashman, Sr. 

Charles Foster 

Benjamin T. Mitchell 

Paul G. Horn 

Adeline M. Kolbe 

Mabel Wagner 

June Bath 

In Honor of : 

John R. Hall. 

"1977 Man of the Year" 
Josefina K. Morales, birthday 
Fldred Cillis, elected freshman 

class president and birthday 
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Grcidcr. 

50th wedding anniversary 



Given by : 

Betty May Ober 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Tobias 
O. E. McCracl<en 
Dr. and Mrs. S. Wayne Beaver 
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis A. Brown 
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis A. Brown 
Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Foster 
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Mitcliell 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Kolbe 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Kolbe 
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Coffman 
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Taylor 

Given by : 

Rev. Richard G. Messner 
Manuel Morales, Jr. 

Janice Manion 

Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 






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Pauline gave her life trying to sate a neighbor in 

The Johnstown 
Flood of 19-^y 



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"Wake up, wake up, it's a flood! 
Run for your life!" Carl Lichtenfels 
shouted a warning as he went from 
one trailer to another in Hoover's 
Mobile Home Court near Seward, 
Pennsylvania. It was 4:00 a.m., July 
20. Carl pounded frantically on 60 
doors, wading through over a foot of 
water, as a modern-day Paul Revere. 
The water was rising rapidly and at 
4:30 a.m. evacuation began in the inky 
blackness. All lights were out, and the 
TVs and radios were silent 

John and Pauline Long (from the 
Valley Grace Brethren Church, 
Armagh, Pa.) were awakened by the 
sounds of the flood that night. A 
rescue boat came to them, but Pauline 
insisted on going to the home of a 
neighbor. Myrtle Leslie, to take her 
with them to safety. Pauline entered 
Myrtle's trailer and helped her out, but 
the frightened neighbor lost her hold 
of the boat and drowned. Just then 
the trailer began to move with the 
water and the canopy fell, blocking 
the door. Pauline could not get out. 
John jumped on the roof, took a 
timber, and tried to break a hole in the 
roof to rescue his wife. In the darkness 



the trailer went under a swinging 
bridge which swept John off the roof. 
He clung to the fragile bridge until 
11:00 a.m. when he was saved by a 
helicopter. A week later Pauline's 
body was found. Pauline gave her life 
in a futile attempt to save her neigh- 
bor. John has given testimony to the 
grace and peace of God throughout 
the incident. 

Another person from the Armagh 
church, 16-year-old Eddie Ressler, lost 
his life in the flood, Eddie had been 
saved through the bus ministry of the 
church. Four generations of his family 
were lost that night. 

Mrs. Betty McGinnis (another 
Armagh church member) recalls her 
rescue from the trailer court well. She 
and her two teen-age sons tried to walk 
through the swift waters to her sister's 
trailer. They saw her mother's trailer 
float away with four people on the 
roof. Betty and her sons were then 
boosted up to the roof of a trailer 
which already held 25 others. Trailers 
floating by them were on fire as 
bottled gas tanks hit like torpedoes 
and exploded into flames. Betty could 
see her own trailer floating down the 







river through the dense fog, lit up at 
times by nine burning homes. As the 
trailer they were on began to sink, it 
collided with another, so the 28 
people jumped to the : roof of the 
other. While praying for rescue, Betty 
saw people hanging in the trees, some 
holding babies. At 9:00 a.m. a heli- 
copter landed on the roof of the trailer 
to rescue the 28 stranded victims. By 
this time, boats could not be managed 
in the raging water, so most of the 
rescue work was done by army heli- 
copters. By 10:00 a.m. most of the 
mobile homes had been swept away 
and broken up. Agonizing cries for 
help were unanswered for hours. 

The Johnstown Flood began with 





an electrical storm and 10 inches of 
rain in 10 hours. Then a dam above 
Johnstown broke. Bridges were 
washed out or closed, as were roads. 
There was no telephone service for one 
week to the Johnstown area. Many 
people were without electricity, water, 
phone and transportation for weeks. 
At least 77 people lost their lives when 
the Little Conemaugh and Stonycrcek 
rivers went on a rampage. For two 
weeks after the flood, a fleet of heli- 
copters flew low overhead seeking 
dead bodies that had been carried 
downstream. Both the Johnstown 
First and the Riverside Grace Brethren 
churches suffered severe damage in the 
basement, but are being repaired— 



thanks to the workers there and gifts 
from others outside the area. 

I had moved to New Florence, 
Pennsylvania, after my retirement, and 
accepted a call to be pastor of the 
Robindalc Union Church, which has 
an attendance of about 35. The mining 
community consists of 76 homes and 
the church, nothing else. The town 
had 12 feet of water which went up to 
roofs of homes, filled the church base- 
ment, and was four and a half feet 
high in the auditorium. The pews 
floated around and the pulpit was 
moved to the center of the sanctuary. 
No lives were lost, but the village was 
declared a "blight area." The residents 
have been relocated in a newly built 
mobile home village for one year. For 
three months our congregation wor- 
shiped in the Valley Grace Brethren 
Church of Armagh, where David 
Plaster, my son-in-law, is pastor. Then, 
after cleaning and repairing, we moved 
back into our building. The planning 
commission says the town will have to 
be abandoned, so the residents will 
have to build new homes and we will 
have to build a new church elsewhere. 

These are just small parts of the 
Johnstown story. Many people, includ- 
ing members and friends of oui- seven 
Grace Brethren churches in the Johns- 
town area were touched by the flood. 
The effected will be with this com- 
munity for a long time. God still con- 
tinues to work! 



Suggested 

Procedures 

for 

Disaster 

Relief 



It is quite apparent that we as a fel- 
lowship of churches need to be pre- 
pared for action should another dis- 
aster strike one of our church com- 
munities. The affected churches of 
Johnstown will be submitting a pro- 
posal which will outline suggested 



courses of action to the revision com- 
mittee of the Minister's Handbook. 
Pastors across our fellowship ought to 
be familiar with a procedure and get 
the gears in motion when a disaster 
becomes known. 

Since communication is a key 
factor in disaster situations, it is 
recommended that the district 
moderators be key men in this process. 
The district moderator of the district 
would then become the key man 
through whom the information would 
flow. He should immediately organize 
a disaster committee of local people 
(or pastors) and find a headquarters 
suitable for operation, preferrably a 
local church if available. Immediate 
and distant needs should be deter- 
mined as quickly as possible and then 
communicated to other district 
moderators who would in turn deter- 
mine what the district could do 
through its churches. It is important to 
remember that no one church can do 



everything. Determine what you can 
do and do it. 

The disaster committee would 
make the information center known as 
soon as possible, open a checking ac- 
count for receiving and dispersing of 
funds, establish a work list, solicit 
carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and 
so forth, and define clean-up jobs for 
youth groups and nonspecialized labor 
forces. The committee would purchase 
or solicit cleaning supplies, set up a 
food center for workers and displaced 
persons, and organize a distribution 
procedure for clothing and other 
items. If housing is needed, and facili- 
ties are available, the committee would 
make those arrangements as well. Also, 
the disaster committee would be in- 
formed of what the community 
agencies were doing, then avoid un- 
necessary duplication of efforts. 

R. John Snow 



as we go to press • • . 

Rev. Bruce L. Button has resigned as pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Albany, Oreg. 

A dozen red roses were given to Rev. Bernard Sim- 
mons when he received the Special Person's Award 
recently. The contest was sponsored by a news- 
paper in Sterling, Ohio, where Mr. Simmons is pastor 
of the Grace Brethren Church. The congregation says 
a hearty "amen" to all the nice statements written 
about their pastor in the nominating letter. 

Rev. Kenneth league will be serving as interim pas- 
tor of the Ghent Brethren Church of Roanoke, Va. 

Washington, D.C. (EP) — The Carter Administration 
has agreed to allow 5,000 additional Soviet refugees, 
most of them Jews, to immigrate to the U.S. The 
"parole" announced by Attorney General Griffin B. 
Bell will help alleviate a backlog of Soviet refu- 
gees at processing centers in Rome. 

The Grace Brethren Church of Anderson (S.C.) will welcome Rev. Ray Feather as pastor 
at the end of January when Pastor Marion Thomas assumes the pastorate of a new 
church at C].earwater, Florida. 

Maurine Schaffer, wife of Rev. William Schaffer, has been hospitalized in Hawaii 
where Mr. Schaffer was filling the pastorate of the Waimalu Grace Brethren Church 
(Aiea) . Mrs. Schaffer fell Christmas day and broke her left hip. The fall was 
apparently caused by a stroke. A ball joint has been placed in the hip. 

Cleveland, Tenn. (EP) — "Little House on the Prairie" and "The Waltons" topped the 
list of the "most acceptable" prime time television programs, in a survey by the 
Church of God (Cleveland, Tenn.). "Maude" narrowly edged "Soap" as the most offen- 
sive TV program. More than one million evangelical Christians took part in the 
survey conducted by the Church's Family Life Commission. 

"Brethren Encyclopedia, Inc." is the official name of the organization which has 
been set up for the purpose of publishing a three-volume encyclopedia. Five bodies 
that trace their heritage to Schwarzenau will be included in the historical pre- 
sentation. There is no official endorsement by any of the five bodies, but in- 
dividual historians and writers have been meeting since 1973. The five groups are: 
Church of the Brethren, the Brethren Church, Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, 
Dunkard Brethren and Old German Baptist Brethren. Final plans were agreed upon at 
New Windsor, Md. , on Dec. 17, 1977. An executive board was elected at the meeting 
and final plans for incorporation were completed. A tentative publication date 
of 1983 was set. 

Toccoa Falls, Ga. (EP) — The Christian and Missionary Alliance has formed a relief 
fund for the Toccoa Falls College where 39 people died following the disastrous 
dam burst. The denomination made an immediate grant of $10,000 to the institution, 
one of five Alliance colleges in North America. 

Redlands, Calif. (EP) — Linda June Cummings, 28, believed in reincarnation, and shot 
herself on a dare to prove it, according to a college student, who provided the 
gun for her "experiment." 




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All days are good days, but some are much more eventful and happy 
January 3, 1978, was a very happy day because it was the day when a 
goal, a lot of hope, and much work all reached an appointed place. Let 
me back up with the story— it was early 1971, and the glow of a new 
ministry was fresh. In a staff meeting I mentioned to our people 
that we would set a goal of $1,000,000 of income for the 
Herald. The date mentioned was 1981, and it all seemed like 
so much dream talk. It meant that income would have to 
more than double in a 10-year period. I think there were 
a few smiles and some doubts racing through some 
minds— after all, the new editor is "new" and he 
will come to reality soon. 

Now, four years ahead of the goal date— the 
goal has been reached. So the Lord did 
what He delights to do . . . exceeding- 
ly .. . abundantly . . . above . . . more 
than we even think. In this case, it 
was more than we even asked be- 
cause He helped us to accom 
plish it long before the date. 



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This gives a four-year head 
start on the next million. 
It has been so exciting . . . and 
it is great to go off to work in the 
morning when there are exciting new 
opportunities awaiting. He gave us the 
people to get the work accomplished and 
those new faster pieces of equipment to pro- 
duce the work. Remember the new press we 
have been talking about?— well, it has run off some 
23,000,000 impressions already. Then there is the 
new computer to help speed up the work— Harold is its 
name and it will be operating soon. Those new titles bear- 
ing the BMH imprint are growing each year and the Christian 
world is finding out there is a new publisher at work making 
some good contributions to His work. There are manuscripts yet 
unpublished that will be coming to market during the next year. It is 
exciting to be working for God. 

Yes, January 3, 1978, was the day the final figures told us we had sold 
$1,000,000 of Christian literature in one year. It happened at the end of our 
thirty-seventh year of work. Be assured it will not take another 37 years to 
reach the next million level. We reached a goal and we are setting some new ones 
and you will be hearing about them soon. Thanks for your help and prayers and 
interest— it has been great! 



COVER: 

The first step a missionary must take to en- 
ter into his work is to arrive on his designated 
field. For more insight about beginning mis- 
sionary service, see the article on page 4. 



reported in the herald 

35 Years Ago- 1943 

The location of the Philadelphia Breth- 
ren Church is changed from Tenth and 
Dauphin to Oxford and Knorr. . . . W. 
A. Steffler is in a two-week meeting at 
Rittman, Ohio, where Ord Gehman is 
pastor. 



15 Years Ago 



1963 

The Annual Offering report for Breth- 
ren Foreign Missions for the year 1962 

is in and the total is 5327,711.85 

The new 575,000 church sanctuary at 
Hollins, Va., has been dedicated. 

5 Years Ago- 1973 

Pastor and Mrs. Forrest Jackson are 
going to the Holy Land, a token of 
appreciation from the congregation of 
Dayton First Brethren for 10 years of 
faithful service. . . . Division Winners 
in Sunday School Contest were Divi- 
sion A-Long Beach, Calif. (First); B- 
Wliittier, Calif. (Community); C- 
Meyersdale. Pa.; D— Myerstown. Pa. 



Volume 40 Numbers February 1 , 1978 
Published on the first and fifteenth of 
each month (except— one issue only in the 
months of April, August and December) by 
The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 
P. O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Prmted by BMI-I Printing 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Artist, Timothy Kennedy 
Production Manager: Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 
Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 
Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Sctiools: Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 
IVIissions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WIVIC: Linda 
Hoke. 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona 
Lake, Ind. Published by the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company, P. O. Box 544, 
1104 Kings Highway, Winona Lal<e, Ind. 
46590. Subscription prices: $5.00 a year; 
foreign, $5.75. Special rates to churches. 
Extra copies of this issue or back issues are 
available. They are priced at 25c each, post- 
age paid, with a minimum order of four 
copies. Please include your check with 
order. 



contents 

4 ARRIVING ON THE FIELD 

6 PARTNERS REPORT PROGRESS 

8 LET'S VISIT PUERTO RICO 

9 TRIBUTE TO A FAITHFUL SERVANT 
15 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

18 CE YOUTH QUIZ 

19 WMC READING CIRCLE 

20 HOMESPUN 

21 FOR A WILLING SERVANT- 

bmh features 

Reflections By Still Waters 2 • BMH News Report 12* 
• As We Go to Press ... 24 • 



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Dear Readers, 

Great things have been happening at the Herald. The 
most exciting has been reaching our goal of $1 ,000,000 of 
income. It happened four years ahead of schedule— that 
makes it even nicer. Some of the thoughts about that are 
shared in "Reflections By Still Waters." 

A new addition is also announced for this coming year. 
The HERALD SUPPLEMENT will be sent to all churches 
for distribution. It will contain special helps, information 
in the Christian community, as well as anecdotes. It will be 
printed each quarter and is intended to be inserted in the 
Sunday church bulletin. Some unique features should soon 
make it an item of great interest in our Fellowship. Copies 
will be free of charge to all churches and sent on the basis 
of membership and bulletin usage. Look for the first 
copies in early March. 

It is a way of saying thanks to all for your help! / CWT 



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Part of the Albertville language school stu- 
dents arrive. Now all that's left to do is to 
unload, move in, unpack, and get settled. 
Whew! 



Travel is often exciting: transoceanic flights, bus or 
train rides through new and beautiful scenery, exotic 
sights, sounds, and smells. Wow, what excitement! Be a 
missionary and see the world! 

Travel may be exciting— but don't forget the long 
nights, the prolonged delays in airline terminals and train 
or bus stations, the hassle with luggage, customs, and so 
forth. But travel for the missionary has a goal: reaching 
that particular place of service God has chosen for him. 

Become a missionary and see the world. 

What world? The five continents? The seven seas? 
The 150-plus countries? The thousands of islands? The 
varied cultures? The four billion people? What world? 

The faithful Christian, obedient to the Lord's com- 
mand to disciple the nations, sees the world of needy 
people. Whatever the culture, the economics, or the 
politics, he sees people who need Christ. 

The road to the field is long and often difficult. Years 
of academic preparation behind him, the missionary 
rookie has language study to look forward to once he 
has arrived on the field. Getting to Africa, finally— or 
Mexico or Europe or wherever— is not the end, it's a 
beginning. The missionary has arrived on the field, so 
now he begins work for which he has prepared so long 
and awaited with such expectation. 

What are the feelings of a new missionary when he 
reaches the field? 

In September of 1977, Bob Skeen arrived in Albert- 





All kinds of things are hidden in a "i 
ary barrel," John Pappas finds out. 



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ville, France, for language study on his way to the Cen- 
tral African Empire for missionary service. His goal this 
year is to "master the French language, so that I might 
be able to effectively minister to the French-speaking 
people of Africa." But Bob also sees Albcrtville through 
missionary eyes. Here are his words: 

"This year will be good for me in . . . my missionary 
vision. Everywhere in general, and Albertville, in particu- 
lar, is truly a mission field. There is not one other Protes- 
tant church in the city of Albertville other than our 
school's Sunday services. There are no stores selling re- 
ligious materials— you can't even buy a Bible in Albert- 
ville. . . . The spiritual darkness here is truly great. 

"Pray that God will allow for some contacts to be 
made with French people in the town. Already some 
good friendships have started. The intent of these con- 
tacts is for opportunity to share Christ." 

So, it's obvious that a missionary sees places as mis- 
sion fields and people as prospects to reach for Christ. 

Arriving on the field is the culmination of years of 
study, prayer, and personal effort. It's the result of the 
combined efforts of candidates, Foreign Missions office 
staff, and local congregations. Missionaries travel to for- 
eign countries for one purpose: to share the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ that lost men and women might receive 
eternal life through faith in Him. To the missionary, 
that's exciting! 









Bob Skeen surveys the beautiful countryside of France 
that he sees from the train station. 



"That's all we brought?" Sheryl Coburn anxiously questions her husband, 
Rich, as they exit the terminal. 



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Uberlandia 



PARTNERS REPORT PROGRESS 



Nora Macon 



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Three years ago a work began in 
Uberlandia, Brazil. Sometimes it seems 
slow, especially to the missionaries. 
But there have been and are many 
blessings and evidences of God's work- 
ing in lives. Tim and Sandy Farner, 
Cleo and Norm Johnson, and Barbara 
Hulse are working together as partners 
and witnessing to the people of Uber- 
landia. The following quotations in 
italics have been taken from the part- 
ners' ministry over the past three years 
and represent the ways in which your 
missionaries have been given oppor- 
tunity to witness. 

Sometimes when we make a first 
visit, we are uneasy about iiow tine 
conversation wili go. One man made it 
easy wlien he said, "Do you believe 
there is life after this life?" 

Uberlandia is located in Minas 
Gerais and is the fourth largest city in 
that state. Approximately 200,000 



people live in the city. Much like a 
large city in America, Uberlandia is in- 
dustrialized and growing. Located at 
the crossroads of six important high- 
ways which lead to principle cities, 
some authorities say that Uberlandia is 
the most important city of crossroads 
in central Brazil. 

At a birthday party, a neighbor 
asked, "Don't you find it difficult 
working in Uberlandia where the 
people, for the most part, are material- 
istic and always on the move?" 

Uberlandia is without a doubt one 
of the largest student centers in central 
Brazil. It is estimated that one-third of 
the population is composed of stu- 
dents. The quality of education is 
good, and the teachers are qualified to 
do the job. The University of Uber- 
landia offers a wide variety of courses. 
In addition there are three trade and 
industrial schools. 



While visiting in a missionary's 
home, a friend made the following 
comment which helped us understand 
why it's been easy to make a friend- 
ship with a family, but difficult to 
share Christ's message: "When I think 
of a missionary, I think of one who is 
working to reach the poor and un- 
educated in frontier areas— those who 
do not have the facility to choose the 
religion that they think best. " 

There are several religious move- 
ments active in Uberlandia. The city 
itself is the center of six Catholic par- 
ishes with a progressive bishop. The 
church is seeking the support of 
"nominal" members. 

A neighbor commented to a mis- 
sionary, "Your church seems to have 
real fellowship and concern for others. 
I go to church, but when I leave and 
go out the door, that's that!" 

Another time, a person stated, 



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"People should never peddle their re- 
ligion. You never see our church doing 
that. " 

A couple who are leaders in the 
Catholic Family Movement have indi- 
cated an interest in attending one of 
our studies. During a visit in their 
home the man commented, "I know 
verses here and there, but I just don't 
read the Bible like I should. I really 
have a desire to study the Gospel of 
John. " 

"You know and teach so much 
about the Bible. We never hear that in 
our church, " a woman said. 

Spiritism claims a large number of 
devotees, with 23 centers throughout 
the city. The famous medium, Chico 
Xavier, adds to the impact of Spiritism 
on the area. 

It can be most disheartening to 
look around you and see so much 
Spiritism in practice and literature, 
whether it be in black magic (of bad 
deeds), or in white magic (of good 
deeds). Some renowned men of Uber- 
landia read and study Spiritism liter- 
ature. 

Various sects, such as Jehovah's 
Witnesses, are present. Evangelical 
groups include Presbyterian, Baptist, 
and Pentecostal. There are several 
groups, beside Catholics and Spiritists, 
meeting in congregations, and all are 
labeled as "Protestant"— which in 



reality includes everything. 

The Jehovah's Witnesses have much 
propaganda and sway. Also, a so-called 
healing center attracts a large number 
by radio and biweekly meetings. Yes, 
Uberlandia has many perverters of the 
truth! 

Sometimes the first step to opening 
the door is to show an interest in 
someone. Our missionaries endeavor to 
share their faith and love with people. 
This often leads to an opportunity to 
share Christ and His love with them. 

A young girl who is living far from 
her immediate family, and who has 
had many sad experiences already in 
her life, was invited to lunch by a mis- 
sionary. She commented, "I work 
seven days a week and often stay late 
because there's nothing for me at 
home. Just to have someone think of 
me is really great!" 

A missionary had many opportuni- 
ties to minister to her elderly neighbor 
after the lady's son committed suicide. 
Later her maid drowned and the lady 
herself was very ill. She said, "I wish I 
had your faith. I really can't face diffi- 
cult times and pressures. " 

The work does seem to move a 
little slow. It has been three years, but 
the group is growing. God is blessing. 

A man told one of the missionaries, 
"Your work must be like a locomotive 
getting started— slow-moving at first, 



but then gradually picking up accelera- 
tion. " 

The Bible studies that are being 
held are bringing results. People arc 
showing an interest in the Word of 
God. IVlany are being saved. God really 
is blessing in Uberlandia. 

First this man's wife was reached. 
She's a Christian, but has not been as- 
sociated with any church for several 
years He was described as "closed to 
religion" and "closed to foreigners " A 
friendship was established. A Father's 
Day emphasis got him to the first 
study. A study on the family kept him 
coming. Some social activities bound 
him closer to the group. Recently he 
even came alone when his wife and son 
were sick. During a conversational 
prayer time, he prayed, "Lord, remove 
my doubts " 

A grandmother found it very hard 
to find time to come to her first group 
Bible study. She finally made it, and in 
the prayer time she said, "Thank you, 
Lord, for my finding so many marvel- 
ous things here today. I pray that soon 
all of my family might be here with 
me. " 

The work in Uberlandia continues. 
Ways have been searched out to ex- 
press Christ's love and His message. 
Many people have accepted Christ; 
some have not. Prayer can make the 
difference. 




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Let's go to Puerto Rico. What? You 
say that you don't have enough money 
to go? Well, it really doesn't cost that 
much, but I don't have the money 
cither. 

If we could go, then we could meet 
a new missionary family that is now 
serving in Puerto Rico. Norman and 
Claudia Schrock and their children, 
Peter and Caryn, left in January for 
the island. Though an official Brethren 
field, it has had no specific thrust for 
the Spanish-speaking people for a long 
time. 

Oh, yes. That's true. I can't speak 
Spanish, either. Norm can. Since he 




l^et's *Visit *Puerto/Rico 



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was born to missionary parents, Rev. 
and Mrs. Lynn Schrock, in Argentina, 
he had an early exposure to two differ- 
ent languages and cultures. Even 
though Argentine Spanish and Puerto 
Rican Spanish are different. Norm is 
able to communicate very effectively 
with the people. Claudia, however, is 
now in language classes studying 
Spanish. Their children are young, so 
they will learn Spanish at the same 
time they learn English. 

Norm and Claudia are living around 
San Juan. What's that? Well, San Juan 
is the capital and one of the major 
cities of Puerto Rico. Also, there is a 
previously established Brethren church 
located there. The Maxwell Brcnne- 
mans are working with this church— we 
could visit them, too. 

Cooperating with the Brenncmans 
and this church, Norm will be building 
on the good work in the Grace Breth- 
ren Bible Church of Summit Hills and 



will use some of the church men to 
begin Bible classes elsewhere. He plans 
to be training leaders in various cities, 
so Bible classes will begin. There are 
Bible study groups in Mayaguez and 
interested people in Ponce. To begin 
these classes. Norm will be traveling all 
over the island. He will be visiting each 
city at a different time, maybe once or 
twice a week. 

Norm's strategy is to first, train the 
people in personal evangelism; second, 
train the people in discipleship; third, 
set up Bible classes at strategic points; 
and fourth, set up churches as a strong 
nucleus is built. Of course, this will 
take several years to begin. 

Are you wondering how the 
Schrocks became interested in Puerto 
Rico? Well, Claudia always thought 
maybe she would marry a pastor or a 
Christian school teacher. She got her 
wish and more! Norm taught at a 
Christian school for a while, then was 



the pastor at the Bell Brethren Church 
in California. Just before they left, he 
was the associate pastor at the Grace 
Brethren Church of Simi Valley, Cali- 
fornia. 

Norm served on a TIME team to 
the island one summer. Since that time 
he has had a definite interest in Puerto 
Rico. Also, being a missionary's kid 
helped in his decision. 

Norm and Claudia met at Grace and 
later married. Both decided they were 
willing to be missionaries. God worked 
everything out. 

Right now, the Schrocks are prob- 
ably still searching for a new home. 
Pray that they will be able to find a 
nice home at a good location. They 
also have to become adjusted to the 
culture and the way of life. Maybe it is 
better if we don't visit them right now. 
But don't forget to pray for them as 
they start a new part of their lives. Per- 
haps we can visit them another time. 



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Tribute to a Taithful Servant 

FMS editor's note: The portions of tliis article whicli are printed in italics are from 
a letter Marcia Wardell wrote in September of 1977. Copies were made and distributed 
to her friends. The letter's purpose was "to get word out to a number of people with 
the least amount of effort." Anything that took any effort was exceedingly hard for 
Marcia at the time it was written. 



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Many of you may remember that I weathered success- 
fully a bout with cancer a little less than two years ago. My 
left kidney was removed— the tumor on it proved malig- 
nant. I went through a series of cobalt treatments. 

Marcia Lowe was born and raised on her family's Illinois 
farm. Following high school graduation, she attended a 
Chicago art school. After pursuing a career in commercial 
art, discouraging times caused her to try other fields. 

As a result of her first trip west, she stayed in the town 
of Harrah, Washington, where some cousins lived. She be- 
gan to attend the Brethren church in Harrah where she 
came to know Jesus Christ as her own Saviour. 

Early this year I began to notice back pains. Further 
health complications appeared. It was diagnosed as a spastic 
colon. But that's something one can learn to live with. 

In January of 1951, Marcia went to Winona Lake and 
entered the collegiate division of Grace Seminary. In Octo- 
ber, she began work as the office secretary for the Foreign 
Missionary Society. 

As the spring season progressed, I had decided that the 
Lord was telling me it was time for me to phase out of my 
work at the Foreign Missionary Society office— the work in 
which I 'd been involved for nearly 26 years, and which had 
been so dear to my heart. 

When she first began to work, Marcia was strictly a secre- 
tary, but soon her duties began to expand. She became the 
editor, writer, and designer for many of the publications. 
Since she was a multi-talented person, Marcia did most of 



the artwork and design for the publications, besides doing 
the writing and editing. 

/ can't remember any special difficulties during the sum- 
mer except that I tired easily and couldn't take much. I 
kept thinking, "If I can just get through National Confer- 
ence. . . ."And that 's just about the way it happened. Right 
after the end of the conference I began to feel worse and 
worse as the days went by. 

Marcia met Don Wardell when he walked into the For- 
eign Missionary Society office one day. Not many weeks 
later, Don and Marcia decided that "this is it!" They were 
married on August 6, 1960. 

It came time to check back with the doctor. Fhe tests 
revealed cancer in the liver and also in a couple of verte- 
brae. I might have a month to live. 

Marcia knew foreign missions from top to bottom, inside 
and out. If anyone needed to know anything about Breth- 
ren Foreign Missions, Marcia was the one to ask. ^ 

A shock? Yes— and no. At least it was good to have a x- 
diagnosis at last Why did it take so long? Could something 2 
have been done if the real trouble had been discovered 2 
sooner? I don't know. I do know that the Lord orders the 
path of a Christian, and I know that His way is always best. ^ 
I have no regrets; really, it's exciting to be so close to "the 
other side" where I'll see those many dear ones who have -j 
gone on before. My only sorrow— to be leaving my dear ;t 
husband, Don. 

Marcia Wardell went home to be with her Saviour on Zf 



foreign missions 

October 12, 1977. Because of her associations witli the 
missionaries and her time of work in foreign missions, she 
was l<nown to all. 

Being the only secretary for some time, she corre- 
sponded with missionaries quite frequently. They had a tre- 
mendous appreciation for Marcia. When asked to give a 
testimony about Marcia, here is how some of the mission- 
aries responded. 

Roger Peugh— Being a relative of Marcia Wardell was not 
insignificant in God's plan. When I began attending Grace 
College in 1961, I started regularly to "drop-in" to visit 
Marcia at the Foreign Missionary Society office. She made 
sure that I got into her home often during a school year to 
taste some excellent home-cooked food. It was those visits 
that the Lord used, among other things, to keep me in 
regular contact with Brethren Foreign Missions. 

In thinking back, I believe I remember her most for her 
quiet faithfulness to the task the Lord gave her to do. It has 
given me new eyes to see that many of the truly great 
people God has used to influence my life have been like 
Marcia— faithfully rejoicing to be used of God in their place, 
no matter how great or small that place was in the eyes of 
men. 



fully did all that she was asked to do and more. How great 
it was to send in something— a newsletter or article— in very 
rough form and leave the rest to Marcia. She did her work 
many times behind the scenes. But we know that her re- 
ward will be great. 

Norm & Cleo Johnson— Faithfulness, dedication, loving 
concern and humility are qualities that would describe 
Marcia's life. We enjoyed being in her home, seeing her at 
work, seeing her in worship, and receiving those personal 
letters. All those wonderful blessings will be greatly missed. 

Don & Lois Miller-Whcn we think of Marcia, we bow and 
say, "Thank you, God, for Marcia." She was not just an 
office secretary, she was a friend. She did not work for us, 
she worked with us. Her love, helpfulness, gentleness, and 
self-sacrificing, willing spirit contributed so much to the 
sending out of the Gospel. 

Anna Marie Mishler-I met Marcia on my first furlough. I 
was dorm mother at Grace. She came the second semester 
and had the room next to mine. We had many good times 
together; we even helped as waitresses a couple times. She 
enjoyed good times, but I knew that wasn't why she came 
to Grace; she was a serious student. 

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Tim & Sandy Farner— She had a dedication to the Lord first 
and therefore to the task He's given to us. Marcia's example 
of faithfulness and thoroughness in detail is an encourage- 
ment and a challenge to us. 

Bill Burk— It was February— that cold one, her last. Don had 
built a huge fire in the hearth and my feet were propped 
close to the flame. Marcia was as busy as Martha in the 
kitchen as many of her Lord's servants gathered for their 
last supper at this saint's table. 

So also over the years was her service to us from her 
desk in the Foreign Missionary Society office. All sorts of 
detailed and often complicated tasks were carried out in 
our behalf with never a whisper of a whimper. In this aspect 
she was more like Mary than sister Martha. Thanks, Marcia, 
for exercising so pleasantly your gift of helps. 

"And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with 
me, to give every man according as his work shall be" (Rev. 
22:12). 

Barbara Hulse— "I have chosen you, and ordained you, that 
ye should go and bring forth fruit . . . ." (John 15;16). In all 
of my contacts with Marcia, 1 saw the fruit of the Spirit 
evidenced in her life. Dependable, helpful, and kind— these 
are words that come to my mind when I consider her minis- 
try to us during the years. 

Don & Betty Hocking-"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to 
do, do it with thy might;. . . ." (Eccles. 9:10). These words 
in Ecclesiastes certainly were heeded by Marcia. She faith- 



Society office, I had many helpful letters from her. Her 
work in helping foreign missions was a blessing to all. I'm 
looking forward to seeing her again, perhaps soon. 

Ruth Snyder— "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the 
death of his saints" (Ps. 116:15). How sweet it must have 
been to Him to take Marcia home. Her life was like the 
precious ointment which filled the whole house with its 
fragrance. 

How can we regret not seeing her in her usual place, 
when for her there is rest and completion! I like to think of 
her now as meeting the saints who have preceded her to 
glory from the mission fields which she served. 

Walt & Alys Haag— She was always so helpful with sug- 
gestions for those of us who have very little literary incli- 
nation. Many a time she scoured through letters to dig out 
prayer and praise requests because we sent none to her. She 
was a genius in making a missionary look good in the field. 
And she smiled through it all. We loved her for it. 

Roy & Ruth Snyder— The word to describe Marcia is dedi- 
cation. Dedicated first to Jesus Christ and then to the task 
of getting out the Gospel through Brethren Foreign Mis- 
sions. She was thorough and competent in her work. 

For 25 years she was a tremendous help to us in putting 
out our "Bouca Beacon" and then the "Bangui Beacon." 
She made suggestions, did the artwork, and always encour- 
aged us. Through the years we found it too difficult to get a 
prayer letter out quarterly, as the "Beacon" said, so we 



foreign missions 

changed it to read "published occasionally." Marcia picked 
this up and chided us for it, saying that it was just an "out" 
for sending letters less frequently. She reminded us how 
much the folks at home appreciated hearing from the mis- 
sionaries. 

We looked forward to her encouraging and newsy letters, 
and then her fellowship at home and her lasagna dinners! 
We'll miss her, but our loss is heaven's gain. 

Dave & Cheryl Shargel— We have known Marcia since 1968. 
It has only been in the last four years, however, that we 
have had the privilege and the pleasure of cooperating 
closely with her on articles for publication. From those 
experiences we learned of her devotion to her Lord and to 
her work— a dedication that largely surpassed the ordinary 
and the expected. The personal touch was always there, 
even when in reference to something as banal as a Herald 
deadline. She gave of herself. 

We, who could appreciate her only "from afar" 
(France), expect that when her sovereign Master said to 
Marcia, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: ... en- 
ter thou into the joy of thy lord" (Matt, 25:21) she was 
surprised to discover that He was referring to her. 

Linda Mensinger— Bruce Paden and I have known Marcia 
longer than any other missionaries in Africa. Years ago 
when we were quite young kids, she and her sister came to 
Flarrah, Washington, our home town. Her sister taught 
school, but Marcia worked in the local post office run by 
Harold Peugh (Roger's dad). There we had many contacts 
with Marcia, since Harrah had only 300 people, and every- 
one knew everyone else. 

After living in Harrah for a while, Marcia made a deci- 
sion to go to Winona Lake, a very far-off place, to prepare 
for Christian service. Several years later, a number of young 
people followed her example and went to Grace. Marcia 
was our link with home. If the washing machine in the 
dorm broke down, we washed clothes at her place. If we 



needed a chauffeur, she had a car and was always willing to 
help. And this says nothing of the many meals she prepared 
for us. 

When we arrived in Winona Lake, this put us in contact 
with the foreign missions office, because that was the place 
the Lord had led her to work. As Eddie and I became part 
of the Foreign Missions' team, we began to see what a vital 
role she played in the running of our home office. Her 
ever-sweet disposition and willingness to help in every prob- 
lem were encouragements beyond measure. 

How many times I have heard missionaries say, "If you 
want to get the job done, see Marcia." Our loss is heaven's 
gain as we are forced to say goodbye to a very wonderful, 
faithful servant of God and a very good friend. 

Tom & Doris julien— The first person we met in the Foreign 
Missions office was Marcia. That was over 20 years ago. We 
can still remember the warmness of Marcia's greeting, and 
from then until our last contact with her, that warmness 
and concern never changed. 

In every organization some people must work behind the 
scenes. Marcia was called to that kind of ministry. To our 
knowledge she never visited any of the mission fields, but 
there have been few people whose presence was more felt 
on the fields than hers. All of us knew that whatever we 
requested from her would be speedily and efficiently ac- 
complished, and always with the same gracious spirit. For 
the missionaries, Marcia was more than a member of the 
home staff; she was a friend. 

All the missionary biographies we have ever read are 
about those who go to the foreign fields. Probably none 
will ever be written about those who serve at home. But we 
who are missionaries know that Brethren Foreign Missions 
have been marked more during the past 25 years by Marcia, 
than by most of us. 

Thank you, Marcia, for your inspiration and your faith- 
fulness. Your life has enriched ours. Your influence on us 
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From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

D Garden Grove, Calif. (EP)-Ground wao broken Dec. 4 
for the $14 million Crystal Cathedral, a glass-covered sanc- 
tuary in the shape of an irregular four-pointed star that will 
be the new home of the Garden Grove Community Church 
when It is completed in 1980. 

DWashington (EP)— Tax credit for college tuition was 
killed for this session of Congress when an amendment to 
the Social Security appropriations bill attached by U.S. 
Sen. William V. Roth, Jr. (R-Del.) allowing a S250-a-year 
credit was severed. 

The conferees had disagreed on the tax credit provision, 
thereby holding up passage of the Social Security bill. 
Under administration pressure to get the Social Security 
legislation passed before adjournment, the controversial tax 
credit provision was finally dropped. 

DThe largest attendance in 10 years was reached at the 
Grace Brethren Church of Toppenish, Wash., for the annual 
Christmas program held on Christmas Day. In spite of pre- 
dictions that "no one will come," 1 16 people were present 
for the service. 

n"Born To Die" is the title of a Christmas cantata pre- 
sented at the Grace Brethren Church of Waterloo, Iowa, on 
Dec. 18. Following the performance, the choir was surprised 
to discover that the composer of the cantata, Mr. Vernon 
Stromberg, was in the audience. Mr. Stromberg teaches 
music at Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, Mich. 

D Tulsa, (EP)— Oral Roberts University does more than en- 
courage its students to be physically fit— it requires them to 
meet certain weight standards or be suspended. Some stu- 
dents at the university have joined with the Oklahoma Co- 
■ alition of Citizens with Disabilities to ask the federal De- 
' partment of Health, Education and Welfare to determine 
i whether the policy is discriminatory. 

Each student at Oral Roberts is given an annual physical 
I examination that includes tests to measure blood fat. Those 
^ who are considered to be overweight have various parts of 
f their bodies measured to determine the percentage of body 
fat. Since the weight-reduction program began in 1975, 
four students have been suspended for failing to reduce. 



n Music Appreciation Sunday was a special day at the First 
Brethren Church of Wooster, Ohio, on Jan. 29. The congre- 
gation dedicated a new organ, a new piano, and a set of 
three-octave hand bells during the service which included 
special guests and memorial tributes. 

D Two men have been added to the staff of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Columbus, Ohio. Bill Keane is the new 
youth director; and Tim Coyle, a graduate of Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary, will be an intern for one year. 

n Dr. Glenn O'Neal, dean of Talbot Theological Seminary, 
recently underwent surgery. 

D After two years of a legal battle, the federal court ruled 
Transcendental Meditation a religious practice. The federal- 
ly funded program violated church-state separation. The 
New York Times said the ruling was the first of its kind and 
could affect financing of similar programs nationwide. The 
entire TM movement suffered from the decision, since its 
appeal in the past was that TM is religiously neutral, thus 
able to receive government support. 

D Princeton, N.J. (EP)— Continued momentum for the 
evangelical movement is predicted by pollster George Gal- 
lup, Jr., according to Church Business Report which carried 
an interview with the well-known surveyor of American 
opinion. 

Gallup's representative survey indicates that 30 million 
adult Americans "have had a born-again experience, believe 
in a literal interpretation of the Bible and are involved in 
evangelism." 

One-fifth of all non-evangelical church members would 
like their churches to become more evangelical, Gallup said 
his findings indicated. 

D Springfield, Mo. (EP)— An Assemblies of God Sunday 
School has been named fastest growing Sunday School in 
America for the second year in a row on Christian Life 
magazine's annual listing. Calvary Assembly of God, Winter 
Park, Fla., topped this year's list with a growth of 1,402, 
over 1976, pushing its average weekly attendance to 2,436. 
The list of fastest growing Sunday Schools in the United 
States and Canada appears in the November edition of the 
magazine. Last year's national winner, Westside Assembly 
of God in Davenport, Iowa, appeared again this year as 
fastest growing in its state, with an average attendance of 
3,914, an increase of 812. 

D Northbrook, III. (EP)— While rising alcohol abuse among 
teen-agers has become a national concern, a new survey 
indicates that alcohol use among the nation's teen-age 
leaders has dropped significantly. 

An annual nationwide poll has surveyed 24,000 leading 
high school seniors and juniors in the U.S. They are among 
317,000 "high achievers" featured in the 1976-77 edition 
of "Who's Who Among American Higti School Students" 
published here by Educational Communications, Inc. 

Comparison of the 1974 and most recent survey results 
reveals that the number of student achievers who "never" 
use beer has increased from 25 percent to 49 percent. The 
number who "never" use wine has increased from 18 per- 
cent to 46 percent, and of hard liquor from 34 percent to 
61 percent. 



n The people of the Laurel Mt. Grace Brethren Church 
(Boswell, Pa.) are rejoicing in the Lord over the new record 
attendance for Sunday School. A total of 98 persons were 
present for the service on Christmas Day. That shatters the 
previous record by 24. 



D Rev. Jack D. Monette has announced his resignation 
from the pastorate of the Mill Run Grace Brethren Church, 
Westernport, Md., as of Feb. 1, 1978. Mr. Monette is avail- 
able for pulpit supply, since his future plans are indefinite. 



D New York (EP) — In a statement appearing in the Nov. 1, 
1977, New York Times and Washington Post newspapers, 
15 prominent evangelicals expressed "grave apprehension 
concerning the recent direction of American foreign policy 
vis-a-vis the Middle East." 

Headed by Dr. Arnold T. Olson, president emeritus of 
the Evangelical Free Church of America, the evangelicals 
expressed sympathy for "the human needs of all peoples in 
the Middle East," and affirmed the belief in the promise of 
the land to the Jewish people— a "promise first made to 
Abraham and repeated throughout the Scriptures, a prom- 
ise which has never been abrogated." 



D Six large classrooms have been added to the Grace Learning Center at the Grace Brethren Church (West Main) of Ashland, 
Ohio. Dr. Tom Davidson was the building committee chairman, and Associate Pastor John Teevan was the pastoral leader for 
the addition which was dedicated recently. The classrooms are being used for children and youth, allowing more nursery and 
adult room in the main building during church services. Ashland Christian School, a ministry of the church for the 
community, also uses the Grace Learning Center. The right half of the building is the new addition. 




marriages 



Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest always 
upon, these new families who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six-month free subscription to the Herald is given to 
npwlyweds whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

Linda Rudolf and Ralph Penn, Aug. 6, Grace Brethren 

Church of Huber Heights, Dayton, Ohio. 

Pam Taliaferro and Garlan Engle, Sept. 17, Grace Brethren 

Church of Huber Heights, Dayton, Ohio. 

Debra Brockway and Tim Markel, Oct. 8, Grace Brethren 

Church, Ashland, Ohio. 

Devona Parks and William Fountain, Dec, 31, West Homer 

Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio. 



deaths 



BMH regrets the error in the spelling of Mr Homer Henney's name 
in our December death column, Mr Henney was a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Lake Odessa, Michigan, for 69 years. 

SIVIITH, Lucile, 65, Dec. 13, sister of Mrs. Herman Koontz. 
Her special interest in books, missions, and WMC will be 
missed. Knute Larson, pastor. 



n A break-in at the Community Grace Brethren Church of 
Whittier, Calif., resulted in a total loss and damage of 
$1,000. 



meetings 



Lancaster, Pa., (Southern), Feb. 19-26; Becker Evangelistic 
Team. 

change your annual 

Please make these changes in your new 1978 Grace Breth- 
ren Annual which you have recently received. 

Sacramento, Calif., Grace Brethren Church, zip-I]^ 
95821 . . . Dallas Center, Iowa, First Brethren Church, tele- §- 
phone-51 5/992-3235 . . . Osceola, Ind., Bethel Brethren g 
Church, office telephone-219/674-5918 . . . M. Lee Myers, < 
2238 Aspen Dr., Davenport, Iowa 52806 ... George F. O 
Wilhelm, 8828 Highland Ave., Apt. 208, Whittier, Calif. 
90605. . . Daniel Eshleman, R. R. 2, Box 27, Hagerstown, 
Md. 21740... Leslie Nutter, R. D. 2, Box 112, Wrights- 
ville. Pa. 17368; home telephone-717/252-3554 ... Ray 
Feather, 508 Chestnut Blvd., Anderson, S.C. 29621.13 



1977 time* 
peRsonnel 
diRectoRy 

Alaska 

Richard Fetterhoff, Atlanta, Ga.— Summer 

Argentina 

Rev. and Mrs. Lynn Schrock, San Diego, 

Calif.— Summer 
Sylvia Fay, Long Beach, Calif. (North) — 

Summer 
Mark Hammett, Washington, D.C. (Temple 

Hills)-6/77-7/78 
Phil Ronco, Bethlehem, Pa.— Summer 
Central African Empire 

Cindy Ashman, Wooster, Ohio-8/77-7/78 
Jim and Faye Hocking, Long Beach, Calif. 

(First)-7/77-7/78 
Kathy Howard, Paramount, Calif.— 7/77— 

7/78 
Kathy Kincarte, San Bernardino, Calit.— 

8/77-7/78 
Bill and Susan Whidden, Bowling Green, 

Ohio-7/77-7/78 
Dryhill, Kentucky 

Cheryl Heaston, Minerva, Ohio— Summer 
Ellen Pryor, Columbus, Ohio (East 

Side)— Summer 
Ron Stiffler, Duncansvilie, Pa.— Summer 
Mary Jones, Lexington, Ohio— Fall 
France 

Jim Haller, Johnstown, Pa. (First)— Summer 
Bob and Becky Kelly, Elkhart, Ind.- 

Summer 
Sandra Lauffer, Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) — 

Summer 
Debra Smith, Long Beach, Calif. (Los Al- 
tos)— Summer 
Fred Harris, Grandview, Wash. -8/77-1 /78 
Germany 
Robert Harrell, Whittier, Calif. (Communi- 

ty)-9/75-8/77 
Mexico Border 

Glenda Deemer, Leon, Iowa— Summer 
Darrell Morrison, Whittier, Calif. (Communi- 
ty)— Summer 

Navajo Mission, New Mexico 

Penny Blakeley, Union, Ohio— Spring 
William Ray, Rittman, Ohio— Summer 
Jill Scharlett, Whittier, Calif. (Commun- 
ity)— Summer 
Judy Roderick, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Grace) — 

8/77-5/78 
Spearhead Program in Mexico City, Mexico 
' Laurie Bechtel, Telford, Pa. (Penn Valley) 
' Jonnye Fowler, Long Beach, Calif. (First) 
£■ Teri Reagan, Long Beach, Calif. (First) 
3 Linda Rispoli, Long Beach, Calif. (First) 



*TIME stands for Training In IVIissionary 
Endeavor. It is a program of the department 
of Christian Education of the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches with the coopera- 
tion of the Brethren Home Missions Council 
and The Brethren Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety. 



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From; GBC Christian Education 

RE: CHECKING YOUR WATER SUPPLY! 

People at Ashland Grace Brethren Church will never forget the Sunday in 
the '40s that Pastor Charles Mayes was preaching about the famous Daniel 
5 story of Belshazzar's lusty feast. Dr. Charlie was expounding on the hand- 
writing on the wall-"MENE, MENE, TEKEL UPHARSIN" when the 
furnace (in the church, not the palace) blew up. 

Appropriate timing, to emphasize judgment! (I never do hear how 
many people gave their hearts to the Lord that day!) 

I was looking at the same text recently, and it moved me to remind us 
all to help "guard the rivers." I mean, during Belshazzar's feast, "secular" 
history tells us, the Persian enemies came into the mighty city of Babylon 
under the wall! They diverted the river into a lake, and then sneaked in by 
way of the riverbed— much to the surprise of the Babylonians and drunken 
Belshazzar, who soon was weighed and found not only wanting but dead, 

And so are we, if we don't check our water supply and guard the rivers 
that flow into our churches and homes. 

Sometimes we get so busy living it up, that our spiritual enemies can 
sneak into our fortresses by diverting the water supply. The enemy loves 
to get us by diverting some of the truth and mixing in heresy, then coming 
into our lives to mess us up. 

Bold liars and cultic frauds we usually catch right now. Our walls against 
horrendous theology and obviously immoral lifestyle are strong. 

But sometimes strange doctrines or slight but weakening ideas get into 
a water stream because they are attached to "a nice idea" or "we were 
hurting for someone to teach," or "I didn't have the nerve to say anything.' 

So, please check your water supply. 

Start at home. Then help at church Some suggestions? 

1. Pray daily and regularly for the Christian education ministries of your 
family and your church. That's strong defense. 

2. Support carefully and personally the people who are the water-and- 
truth suppliers at your church. Make sure they are Christians who really 
care to obey the truth in every area of life. Tell them you care about 
them that way, and ask how you can help them! 

3. Guard your own theology by cutting down on "I feel" or "But I saw 
this on TV" and going big on, "The Bible says." 

4. Help make our commitment to love be as strong as our commitment to 
truth. Churches can have strong walls of theology and still be hurting 
because the poison waters of bitterness or selfishness came in, in the 
night. 

5. Don't schedule lusty feasts! 
Thank you! 



GBC Christian Education 

P. O. Box 365 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Executive Director: Pastor Knute Larson 
Director of Youth Ministries; Ed Lewis 
Director of SMM: Judy Ashman 
Administrative Assistant: Ginny Toroian 
Assistant to the Directors: Brian Roseborough 

Thank you for your encouragement 
and gifts for CE ministries! 




Out Front with CE! 

Our logo is now on the front window of 
our office complex in Wmona Lake. Come 
by and come in! 

You'll see some new and distinctive 
things inside in the offices too— we had this 
painting and moving party one evening, and 
the results are orange and green and neat and 
new! 

The main, largest office includes a place 
for our receptionist, our bookkeeping 
records, and Gladys Deloe, the youth secre- 
tary. Ginny Toroian assists the executive 
director and manages our "customer serv- 
ice"— that's you! 

Brian Roseborough is assisting in audio- 
visual and youth material areas, and getting 
ready for the Timothy Teams. Knute Larson, 
Ed Lewis, and Judy Ashman are responsible 
for a lot of the direction and area ministries. 
Downstairs or at an extra desk upstairs, 
you'll meet Jackie Glaspy, materials secre- ~ 
tary. g 

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Come on men! 

Sometimes we cheat the boys. 

We put good men in so many 

important church areas, but keep 

them out of the teaching of children. 

So a boy or girl grows up in the 

church and barely sees a man until 

grade seven, and maybe not then. 

The men meet to decide where 

to put the thermostat, while the 

women teach the children. 

Oh, men coach the little 

leagues right from the start. They do 

their thing with the Cub Scouts and 

the Indian Guides. 

But often the men are not 

with the children at the church. 

Some of us are just lazy there. 

We use a slogan about women being 

better with the children, but no one 

ever proved that very well. 

Boys need male models. 



Let's go guys! 



Guard 
your babies I 

When Dr. Pop and Mrs. Mom 
Etiing gave their seminars on Sun- 
day School and church care, you 
always knew there would be a plea 
about the babies. 

If you attend Winona Lake 
Brethren Church and hand your 
baby over the dutch window for 
care, chances are good it is Mrs. Et- 
iing who's receiving your special 
package! 

She then makes it a "care pack- 
age"! 

That room where babies stay 
and get care, and teaching when 
they're able, is one of the most im- 
portant in your church. 

People won't be back— count on 
it— if they visit and get rude or inad- 
equate concern for their baby. They 
might give the teacher or soloist or 
pastor another chance with his 
part. . . . (Regular attenders and 
church people will have more 
patience and seek to be part of the 
solution.) 

Which is 

*Be sure someone— repeat, one— 
officially carries the burden for de- 
tails and care-plans for the baby 
area. When six have it, or even three, 
no one really does. 

*Paint it, if it needs it. Carry 
your brush and volunteer! Help be 
sure all the furnishings are adequate 
and clean. 

*Pray for, recognize to thank, 
and trade off with the nursery 
workers now and then. Get them a 
man, too! 

*Be sure your church has a 
workable system of love and infor- 
mation for new parents and visitors 
with babies. Someone can have a 
very effective ministry taking care 
of helping them get involved in the 
love of the church. 

*lf you have room to spare in 
your nursery, work on your out- 
reach program! 

Or have a baby! 

They really matter! 



Little things 
really count! 

When marriages are in trouble it 
isn't because "he" stabs "her" every 
night, or she embezzles from him. 

It's because, "He throws his pa- 
jamas on the floor" or, "All she does 
when I get home is talk about the 
problems." 

Or other little things. 

And the same is true at church. 

People get the blues about church 
ministry or involvement because of 
little things, mostly related to care and 
appreciation. 

We say that to say this: 

1. If you know of someone upset by a 
little thing; 

Be a peacemaker (Matt. 5:9). 

Help correct the problem. 

Remind them they either have to 
really, really forget it or go to the per- 
son who has offended them. That's 
Bible. Help them do that. 

2. If you have upset someone: 

Go to them. Offer your hand in 
apology and love, and have healing. 

God already told you to do that 
(Matt. 5:23,24). 

Be careful not to decide "It's too 
little and dumb. They're wrong to be 
offended." That may be true, but it's 
not the point. 

If you break a finger or a leg in a 
dumb way, the next step is not to put 
down the dumb way you broke it . . . 
but to go get it fixed! 

3. If someone has offended you, go to 
them (Matt. 18:15-17): 

Don't tell others— that's usually gos- 
sip. Tell the offender. 

Speak softly, and carry a big spirit. 

4. If you shy away from people be- 
cause there are too many hurts in 
life: 

That's a solution for some people 
who don't drink. But it's just as 
weak. . . . 

People are God's special creation. 
People are to be the object of our love, 
our Christian education, our witness. 

Not cows, not four walls, not 27- 
inch color people, but real live people 
who work together in a local body 
called a church. 

And who often get hurt. 



Little is big! 



Church 
Membership - 
a QE concern 

God will not be checking denomi- 
national or "Fellowship" I.D. cards at 
the door of heaven. 

Heaven is bigger than all of us put 
together. 

So just what is the purpose of sign- 
ing on the dotted line at church? 

Membership is ... . 

... an official tie, two ways. 

... a witness, of open commitment. 

... a union, with others. 

... a voice, helping choose. 

It's very voluntary in our groups, 
and often not mentioned. 

One extreme would be to push it 
weekly and accept any warm body. 

But the other extreme is to avoid it 
like it's a plague and has no Biblical 
precedent. 

The local church is God's special 
idea. It's a body in motions of love, 
with exercises of growth and strength, 
directed by the Head. 

Membership helps you openly and 
officially be part of this loving body. 

Recently we've asked churches to 
begin reporting more than Sunday 
School attendances. The "composite 
church growth figure" includes morn- 
ing worship, Sunday School, and 
church membership— then the average 
of the three. 

This helps churches see a wider 
picture. 

And it means that churches need to 
be sure that the people who are on the 
membership rolls are really members! 

If you are a member and haven't 
been there for nigh unto 10 months 
or 10 years, and you could be there, 
do ask them to drop your name! 

And if you aren't a member and 
have been there for nigh unto the same 
times, and your heart is really with the 
Lord and the church, perhaps you 
ought to ask what the requirements 
for membership are! 

Love to have you! 



Why not make 
it yours? 



The rumors 
you've heard. . . 

You may have heard them. 

If so, please do not tell more 
than one or two (hundred). 

The rumor concerns our joy and 
your reactions to the work of 
Christian Education! 

Thank you for your special sup- 
port last calendar year. 

Thank you for your prayers for 
the contacts and the publications 
and the visits and the ideas we 
share. 

This conference year, 1977-78, 
we expect to log more hours with 
pastors and more contacts with 
churches than we ever have, and 
that is satisfying. 

Pastors and churches and what 
they are doing in the large area of 
Christian education are our 
passion. 

After Christ. 

And He is the one who told us 
all to get on with educating after 
making disciples and baptizing 
(Matt. 28:19,20). 

So thank you. Thank you for 
helping this new year too! We want 
to do some more new things. We 
want to keep up the good old. 

We have some more "Readables" 
coming. The biggest and best 
NYC-National Youth Confer- 
ence—on the way. Two "Barnabas" 
teams this year instead of one. 

Some new staff members who 
are fitting in so well on a team com- 
mitted to CE— these people are 
your people for Christ. 

A board (executive committee 
meets February 13-15) that knows 
where we itch as a fellowship of 
churches. 

A Lord who has helped in so 
many ways. 

And you. Thank you. Stay with 
us! 

The rumors about our joy 

. . . are true 



Excellence 
for the Lord 

It almost seems as if it shouldn't 
have to be said. 

But we all get the "lazies." 

The work of the Lord, the ministries 
of the church, call for our best shots. 

Yes our daily submission to the 
Holy Spirit and our walking in Him. 

Yes our dependence on Him. 

But also yes our best human effort, 
our strongest purpose and perfection. 

Often we can work harder at things 
we're sure are not as important . . . 
and then just fly through what we 
really hold more dear. A man, for 
instance, easily gives special time for 
his son's batting stance, but perhaps 
skimps on his prep for teaching Sun- 
day School. 

Or a mother who would not think 
of being late for her hair appointment 
might get into a habit of just barely 
making it to church on time, or start- 
ing her girls' group five minutes late. 

We do it right at work, with two- 
color ads, but easily work a mimeo- 
graph past its readable years at church, 
and call it "just church." 

Why not read the Scripture verses _. 
in the service as if doing something in ^ 
the work of the kingdom is the highest ^ 
calling in the whole wide world! 9; 

Raise your children the same way! 

Touch up that paint! co 

Excellence, in the name of Christ. 5" 

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<E YOUTH QUIZ ( C 



I. Proposed New Ministry 

(Circle the correct answer) 

1. The name of the proposed addi- 
tional youth nninistry for fall of 
1978 with the Christian Education 
Department is: 

a. Operation Barnabas 

b. PSA 

c. Timothy Teams 

d. Dimensions in Brass 

2. The national youth project for the 
new fall ministry includes purchas- 
ing a: 

a. bus 

b. camper 

c. house for the Director of 
Youth Ministries 

d. van 

3. The amount of money needed for 
the above project is: 

a. $10,000 c. $100,000 

b. $263.55 d. $5,000 

4. Ways to give to support the above 
project: 

a. mug your wife 

b. pledge cards (available from 
CE office) 

c. send money directly to CE 
office marked "Timothy 
Team" 

d. all of the above 

II. 1978 Brethren National Youth 
Conference 

{Circle the correct answer) 

1. The location for the 1978 Brethren 
National Youth conference is: 

a. the CE office 

b. Upland, Ind. 

c. Downland, Ind. 

d. Chicago, III. 

2. Responses needed immediately at 
the CE office are for: 

a. persons desiring to serve as 
counselors 

b. persons desiring to serve as 
counselors 

c. all of the above 

3. The theme of this year's conference 
is: 

a. Fly the Friendly Skies, We're 
United 

b. Serve As a Sign 

c. Second-Mile Life Style 

d. Hmmmmmmmmm 



4. Dates of this year's conference: 

a. Dec. 25-Jan. 1 

b. Jan. 29-Feb. 5 

c. June 1 5— Aug. 15 

d. Aug. 12-19 

5. Choose three to complete this ques- 
tion. Speakers for the Youth Con- 
ference include: 

a. Roy Roberts 

b. Roy Roberts and Dale Evans 

c. Ken Overstreet 

d. Ken Bypass 

e. Jill Biscuit 

f. Jill Briscoe 

6. Cost for the week of conference is: 

a. SI 50.00 c. $125.00 

b. $135.00 d. $115.00 

III. B.S.L.V. 

(Cross out the incorrect answer of the 
two statements in parentheses) 

1. B.S.L.V. stands for (Brethren Stu- 
dent Life Volunteers) or (Brethren 
Serving and Learning Values). 

2. To be in B.S.L.V., a student must 
be (a pastor's child) or (considering 
a Christian career). 

3. A member of B.S.L.V. receives 
(Bible studies, prayer partners and 
bimonthly mailings) or (a personal 
visit from the Director of Youth 
Ministries). 

4. To make application to B.S.L.V. 
one should see (the school librari- 
an) or (the pastor or write directly 
to the CE office). 



iV. Youth Leaders Mailings 

(Circle the letter "T" li the statement is 
true and the letter "F" if the statement 
is false.) 

T F 1. The name of the regular 
youth leaders mailing is 
Inside Track. 

T F 2. The cost per year for this 
bimonthly publication is 
$15.00. 

T F 3. The purpose of the above 
publication is to give 
ideas, suggestions and re- 
sources for those work- 
ing with young people in 
a local Brethren church. 



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TAKE FIVE minutes, hours, or days 

to enjoy and be moved by the current selections 

in the WMC Reading Circle. 

Elsbeth 

For This Cross I'll Kill You 

and There's a Snake in My Garden 

are the enjoyable, enriching 

volumes from which to choose. 

WMC Reading 
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Please send me the following: 

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Pray for this mid-year executive meeting. 



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1st Vice President- 
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2nd Vice President- 
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Secretary- 
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Assistant Secretary- 
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Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

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46590. (Alt checks payable to Brethren National WMC.) 

Assistant Financial-Secretary— 

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Literature Secretary- 
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Editor- 
Mrs. Noel Hoke, 700 Robson Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Prayer Chairman- 
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I was cutting an apple in half for a snack for my 
two daughters (aged three and five) when they both 
protested, "Not that way, IVlommy, the other way. 
We want to see the star." Some thoughtful Sunday 
School teacher had shown my children one of God's 
wonders hidden inside an apple. All my life I have 
been cutting an apple in half and seeing a very unin- 
teresting core. Now, following their desires, I cut the 
apple the opposite way— sure enough— a five-point 
star. How like my God to sneak that in on me. Cut- 
ting an apple in half is no longer uninteresting, for my 
children never tire of seeing the star in an apple. 

Isn't that just like life? I mean, we go on looking 
at life from the same viewpoint year after year often 
not seeing anything of interest to excite us. But when 
we look at life from God's viewpoint, we see the 
miracle of it. It is no longer uninteresting, but excit- 
ing to see what God will do next. Funny, the miracle 
was there all the time— but, you see, we were not 
looking at it the right way. Once we start seeing life 
God's way, things look completely different and we 
are happier living in tune with Him.— Mrs. Joe Dilling, 
Martinsburg, Pennsylvania 



I have a sick baby this week. It's 2:22 a.m. and 
I've spent the last hour watching her toss in a fitful, 
feverish sleep. 

We've already made two trips to the doctor; and I 
really don't know where the money will come from 
to pay him. 

At first the penicillin seemed to have no effect on 
the infection. The higher her temperature rose, the 
more helpless I felt. That's when I took it to Jesus. 

Sometimes I wish I could see to do that at the 

beginning of the problem instead of at the point of 

CO despair. I can go to Him with this anxiety and realize 

- again— His love for each of us is limitless; He is able to 

^care for us perfectly; He will only do what's best for 

-Mrs. Don Woerner, 



■ Now everything's better . . 

■ Camden, Indiana 



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-PLAN AHEAD! It is not too early to begin laying 
groundwork for your Mother-Daughter tea or your 
special version of this annual event. Remember, there is 
a new guideline in your packet if you are chairman for 
the first time. 

—Consider instant prizes for special memory work, 
bringing a guest, and so forth. An example of an instant 
prize good for this month or soon is packets of garden 
seeds. Think spring!- /owa 

—Pass out papers headed "Working in My Church- 
Manifesting Christ" and give the ladies 10 minutes to list 
as many appropriate activities as they can, using only the 
letters in the heading. (Examples: nursery, witness.) Who 
knows? We may even turn up some previously uncon- 
sidered areas of ser\i\ce.— California 

—Correspond with another WMC from your district (or 
one with which you have some direct contact) and ex- 
change ideas directly with that group. Perhaps a contest 
between the two groups might be some encouragement. 
Base it on attendance, knowledge of WMC, per capita 
giving, or use something unique to your groups. 

— Having trouble getting a leader for next month?— try 
getting two! Two ladies who do not want the complete 
responsibility may be willing to share. They can even 
share the Bible study by using a conversational method 
relating to each other and to the group what the lesson 
meant to them personally as they studied.— /oi/va and 
Indiana 






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Willing Servani- 
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When my husband and I retired 
from active missionary service in 
August of 1975, I began to lool< for 
some l<nitting or embroidery worl< to 
do to fill my spare time. But so far, 
there hasn't been a void to fill. When 
we came home from Brazil, I was 
thinking there wouldn't be those high- 
ly spiritual experiences and blessings in 
the Lord's work anymore. 

As I look back to the beginning of 
the Brethren missionary work in 
Brazil, I think, "How could we have 
taken our two teen-age girls, as well as 
five-year-old Steve to a strange land 
where they would not know a soul, 
have no fellowship with others their 
own ages, have no church life at all for 
a while, and not have much to do ex- 
cept study and try to get along with 
each other." But my husband is the 
adventuresome type; so, we were all 
excited about the new experience. 

Our arrival in Brazil was spectacular 
in many ways. It was pouring rain. 
After the deluge we walked (with our 
guide from the Unevangelized Fields 
Mission) from the docks to the hotel 
behind dirty, barefooted, poorly-clad 
porters, right into the lobby. To the 
Brazilians, i am sure, that was a 
strange sight. Our stay for three weeks 
in that hotel was both frightening and 
fun. We had nothing to do but explore 
the city of about 250,000 and look for 
a house to rent. 

One of the most disappointing 
things happened one morning at break- 
fast. With our very limited and poor 
Portuguese, we pointed to some fruit 
others were enjoying and ordered 
iome for our family. Because we were 
thinking it would be cantaloupe, we 




just couldn't like the taste of the 
mamao (or papaya) that was served. 
Later we learned to enjoy it and came 
to have it nearly every day. 

Of course the first thing anyone 
must do upon entering any mission 
field is learn the language, which we 
enjoyed doing under the supervision of 
a tutor. The Unevangelized Fields 
Mission helped us tremendously— we 
attended their little church and prac- 
ticed our Portuguese on the believers. 
We were invited to attend all facets of 
their work at the church, which was 
located in the downtown area of 
Belem, about a mile and a half away 
from our house. Our teen-age girls en- 
joyed this, for there were many young 
adults learning the language at that 
time. 

As I look back on our first experi- 
ences there, I remember the country 
was smelly; the streets were rutty and 
dirty and few were paved. Ox-carts 
abounded even on the main streets and 
especially at the market. But the 
people were extremely friendly and 
helpful, rarely laughing at our funny 
brogue or the curious mistakes we 
made (like asking for fly oil instead of 
peanut oil, or fingernails instead of 
carpenter's nails). 

Our goal was to establish a Brethren 
church. How could we do that in a 
strange country and culture— with 



people who spoke a different lan- 
guage? As soon as we moved into our 
assigned area for the rest of our first 
term, there were meetings of different 
kinds to accomplish that purpose of 
founding a church. We held street 
meetings and met in our home, in 
homes of the Brazilians, and finally in 
our own building. 

My particular work was in the area 
of teaching Sunday School, teaching 
women to teach, having youth activi- 
ties, and handling the music of the 
church. It seemed as though each term 
there was a new venture to challenge 
me. Being the director of a Christian 
day school, managing a Christian 
bookstore, plus Daily Vacation Bible 
School have also been my responsibili- 
ties. 

As we left Brazil, a most memo- 
rable event took place in Castanhal, 
our last home there. Some believers 
from the first church we were led to 
begin (in Icoaraci) rented a Volks- 
wagon minibus to drive 40 miles to 
our Brethren church in Castanhal. A 
couple of them, saved in 1950, were 
asked to give their testimonies. They 
had been faithful to the Lord and to 
His church all those years and thanked 
the missionaries for bringing the 
Gospel to them from America. 

Leaving Brazil this time, I marveled 
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at the changes made— not only in the 
country and in our Brethren work, but 
in my attitude toward the Brazilians. 
They had become personalities instead 
of all looking alike. They were pre- 
cious, not only in God's sight, but to 
me as well. The country has no more 
ox-carts on the streets, even in the in- 
terior town of Castanhal. The food 
situation has improved so much that 
Keith thought Brazilian food was 
better food than in the USA. I no 
longer thought of the country as 
"smelly" or "dirty" (well, most of the 
time) but rather responded to the 
friendliness of the people. 

When I came home to the States to 
tell you about Brazil, some people 
were kind enough to say I have a Bra- 
zilian brogue. That makes me think I 
have been able to adapt to their speech 
and probably to many other customs 
as well, such as having "feigoada" to 
eat fairly often. 

The blessings of being a missionary 
are numberless, but so are the blessings 
of doing His will at home. My husband 
is presently the pastor of the Anaheim 
Grace Brethren Church. I guess our re- 
tirement (with the accompanying knit- 
ting and embroidery) will just have to 
wait while wc serve the Lord a few 
more years. 



APRIL 1978 

^Mssionary !Birthdays^ 

(If no address is listed, the address will be foLind on pages 31 and 32 
of the 1978 Grace Bretluen Annual.y 

AFRICA 

Suzanne Lynn Mensinger April 9, 1969 

Deborah Lynn Austin April 26, 1965 

Miss Evelyn Tschetter April 29 

ARGENTINA 

Mr. Ralph A. Robinson April 6 

BRAZIL 

Lois i'Sther Burk April 9, 1969 

Rev. Norman L. Johnson April 15 

Miss Barbara Hulse April 27 

Mrs. Timothy H. Farner April 29 

Jonathan Craig Farner April 29, 1971 

EUROPE 

Mary Alice (Molly) Hudson April 10, 197 2 

Stephanie Ann Shargel April 10, 1973 

MEXICO 

Mrs. Phillip Guerena April 5 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Rev. Solon W. lloyt April 2 

P. O. Box 588. Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

Rev. J. Keith Ahig April 9 

Samuel Ray Schwartz AprU 10, 1972 

Mrs. Robert S. Williams AprU 15 

Philip Edward Peters AprU 20, 1962 



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SCHOOLS 



The newest building on the Grace College campus 
is beautiful and functional. Touring the various labor- 
atories of the Science Center reminds us to praise the 
Lord for His bountiful blessings. The science depart- 
ment has been a growing department and for many 
years was cramped for space. Now with the new fa- 
cility, the obvious need is for equipment to be used 
by the many students who study there daily. Our 
goal for the major offering for Grace Schools this 
year will be used entirely for this much-needed 
equipment. Deadline for this offering is March 10, 
1978. Give generously to meet the $6,500 goal. 



Offering ©pportunity 



Eschatology. Dispensation. Righteousness. 
Faith. Resurrection. Sin. Repentance. Sanctifica- 
tion. Incarnation. God. Inspiration. Man. Salvation. 

Charles W. Turner, executive editor and general 
manager of the Brethren Missionary Herald, is the 
author of this excellent study guide scheduled for 
use beginning with the March quarter. Mr. Turner's 
anecdotes and personal experiences help illustrate 
the explanations, and form a basis for your under- 
standing of the terms. 



The regular price of the study guide is $2.95. 
Church quantity orders received through May 31, 
1978, will be priced at $1.60 each. (Individual 
orders will be accepted at the $2.95 price, postage 
paid, when check accompanies order.) 

A Teacher's Resource Booklet is also available, 
written by Gerald H. Twombly. It is priced at 
$2.95. 

Order the above items from the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald, P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. 



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Rev. John P. Burke, (Waterloo, Iowa) spoke recently 
for a Sunday morning service honoring his grandfather, 
Mr. John Burke. Mr. Burke had a birthday that day 
(Jan. 1) and he was 100 years old. The service was 
at the First Mennonite Church in Berne, Ind. 

Pastor and Mrs. Robert Holmes are beginning their 
twenty-eighth year of ministry at the \Jest Homer 
Brethren Church of Homerville, Ohio. 

Mrs. Elsie Balzer, retired missionary, has been in 
critical condition in the City of Hope Hospital in 
southern California. 

Stockholm, Sweden (EP) — Only two percent of adult 
Swedes under age 39 read the Bible with any regular- 
ity, according to sources at the Church of Sweden 
here. This is quite a turnabout, according to John 

Fredrik Ivarsson, head of the Church's Verbum Publishing House, because 100 years ago 
you could tell a person's education by his knowledge of the Bible. He reports that 
the Bible is virtually ignored in the public schools in Sweden, though there is no 
law against religious instruction in the country. 

St. Paul, Minn. (EP) — Members of a bipartisan coalition of Minnesota legislators 
who attend weekly prayer fellowships have announced plans to introduce "pro-family" 
measures in the 1978 session of the Legislature. Sen. Marion Menning, Edgerton, 
Minn. , said he will push his bill to require written consent from parents and daughte 
before an abortion can be performed. That procedure, he said, would "protect the 
parents' interest and insure a minor daughter is fully informed of the critical de- 
cision she is contemplating." "Today," Sen. Menning said, "we have the ridiculous 
situation where parental permission is required for a minor child to have her ears 
pierced or an ingrown toenail removed, but no parental permission is necessary for 
a daughter to abort a growing fetus." 

The Grace Brethren Church of Virginia Beach, Va. , has voted to move from the Mid- 
Atlantic District to the Southeast District, and will make the change during district 
conferences. 

Rev. and Mrs. (Donna) Carl Baker are rejoicing over the birth of a daughter on Dec. 3 
The baby weighed seven pounds, thirteen ounces at birth, and has been named Emily 
Christine. 

Rev. Kenneth E. Russell, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of New Holland, Pa., 
died Jan. 12, 1978, following a heart attack. Graveside services were held for the 
immediate family on Jan. 14 by Pastor Jerry Young and Pastor Wesley Haller. On 
Sunday afternoon, Jan. 15, there was a memorial service of celebration at the church 
in New Holland, Pastor Wesley Haller conducted the service and brought the message. 
He was assisted by other pastors from the Northern Atlantic District. 

A weekly Bible study class has begun to meet near Mt . Vernon, Ohio. Rev. Dean Risser 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church in Lexington, Ohio, is leading the study. 



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reflections by still waters 

Now I 
Know 
How 
They 
Feel in 
Buffalo ! 





Charles W. Turner 
Editor 



Buffalo, New York, could be spelled SNOW! This con- 
clusion may be reached by watching the evening telecast. 
All of last winter the reports came in night after night that 
Buffalo was getting a fresh supply of snow. It came as a 
courtesy of the westerly winds and Lake Erie. The drifts 
grew higher and higher and the difficulties mounted. All the 
while a cold, bitter winter was the lot of most of us mid- 
westerners. 

This winter Buffalo does not have a monopoly on the 
snow supply. If you do not believe me, talk to the folks in 
Columbus, Akron and Cleveland. Those are just a few of 
the places that could be named as having record amounts of 
snowfall. Well, it hit Indiana and good old Winona Lake last 
week. The weatherman said it was a blizzard that was head- 
ing in from the plains on Wednesday evening. My basic 
skepticism of weather forecasting prevailed, so I did not 
take the prediction too seriously. But the next morning I 
was a believer because the snow was creeping up on the 
windows and the world seemingly had come to a halt. The 
only form of life that I could see moving were two little 
sparrows at the bird feeder on our patio. They had to wrap 
their toenails around the base of the feeder, or they would 
have been blown away. 

Without anything to do but wait, which is a basic strain 

on my system, I went to the dictionary to find out what a 

blizzard really is all about. I read that a blizzard is lots of 

snow accompanied by strong winds and drifting conditions. 

One look out the window and one listen to the radio told 

QQ me we indeed were having a blizzard. First, I read all the 

-" magazines in the house and then I went through all my old 

j^insurance policies— which did not bring a great deal of hap- 

5 piness to me. Before long I had run out of things to do and 

J started to get a bit impatient. By this time "Day Four" was 

42 coming up— which was Sunday. It was quite an education to 

■©sit through five sermons and twenty-two offering appeals 

Oon television. Preachers, I came to the conclusion that the 

Sunday morning competition is pretty tough. 

As I watched the telecasts from flat on my back and out 
of physical arm-reach of the offering plates, I received an 



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education. This was the first time I had watched the re- 
ligious media in full force over a period of time. If you have 
never done it— you, too, would be educated. There are some 
interesting conclusions to be drawn from it all. The media 
form of communication has a forceful manner about it. 
When it is done well it is indeed a work of art, but when 
done poorly, the contrast is dramatic. The method of com- 
munication struck me with great impact. Here we Brethren 
have a lot of lessons to learn. Many of the television person- 
alities were surrounded with musical talent and prepared 
people. They knew what they were doing and they did it 
well. 

Possibly the most-missed part of the service by television 
was the matter of fellowship ... the warmth of talking and 
sharing with other people. The handshake and the friendly 
smile are missed in the isolated world of the mass media in 
the comfort of one's home. There was also the problem of 
involvement. I am certain some people were as involved in 
the message from the television as they would have been 
had they been in a service. But the involvement of being 
part of the body and participating in some area of service is 
missing. To be a Sunday School teacher or an usher, maybe 
to sing in the choir are part of being and doing-and this is 
important in the work of the Lord. 

Well, being locked in for a few days like the people in 
Buffalo was not all bad. My teen-age son, Jeff, could not 
make it home and though I missed him, I probably saved 
five gallons of milk and other large quantities of groceries. I 
also got a glimpse of a new and important area of ministry 
for which I have more respect. Preachers— hold your hats— I 
mean no ill will, but it might be well to spend less time 
criticizing some of the television personalities and seek to 
learn some of the things they are doing right. They com- 
municate well, they show a genuine interest in the individ- 
ual, they seek to meet people where the people live, and 
they combine the truths of the Gospel with everyday life. 
Another important fact was, I heard the message of salva- 
tion over and over again. Well, I know now what they do in 
Buffalo on Sunday morning— watch the friendly competi- 
tion. 



COVER: 

Photos by John Burtoft 



reported in the herald 

35 Years Ago- 1943 

The basement walls are going up 
at Fremont, Ohio, where R. D. 
Culver is pastor .... The third 
edition of Dr. McClain's booklet, 
"Daniel's Prophecy of the Seven- 
ty Weeks" is off the press from 
Zondei-van Publishers. 

15 Years Ago- 1963 

The Silverbell Church in Tucson, 
Arizona, is dedicated . . . Alva 
Conner accepted the call to be- 
come pastor at Galion, Ohio. 

5 Years Ago- 1973 

Construction is announced on 
the 28-apartment first phase of 
Grace Village at Winona Lake, 

Ind Donald G. Farner has 

been called as pastor to Kittan- 

ning, Pa Richard De Armey 

has been called to pastor the 
Orange, CaUf., work. 



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Volume 40 Number 4 February 1 5, 1978 
Published on the first and fifteenth of 
each month (except— one issue only in the 
months of April, August and December) by 
The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 
P. O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Printed by BMH Printing 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Artist, Timothy Kennedy 
Production Manager: Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 
Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 
Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 
Missions: Dr. Lester E, Pifer. WMC: Linda 
Hoke. 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona 
Lake, Ind. Published by the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company, P. O. Box 544, 
1104 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. Subscription prices: $5.00 a year; 
foreign, $5,75. Special rates to churches. 
Extra copies of this issue or back issues are 
available. They are priced at 25c each, post- 
age paid, with a minimum order of four 
copies. Please include your check with 
order. 



contents 

4 THE "DREAM TO REALITY" ADVENTURE 
6 DEAD END STREET 

8 GLENDORA CHURCH, BUILT ON THE ROCK. 

14 LIBRARY CATALOGING COMPUTERIZED 

15 "WERE YOU THERE?" 



bmh features 



• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • BMH News Report 12 • 
• Christian Education: Getting Back to the Basics 18 • 
• As We Go to Press 20 • 



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Long Beach, Calif. 

Dear Mr. Turner, 

My Jan. Herald just arrived and I sat down and read 
most all of it. How interesting have been IVIiss IVIyers' 
articles. I went to Africa with her on her return after her 
first furlough, I also was on the station with Miss Bickel 
for more than 30 yrs. I also like the bright covers on the 
Herald , especially the snowy college scene on the Dec. 
one. Your "Still Waters" editorials are good and some- 
times amusing also. 

May the Lord bless and direct you always. 

In Him, 

Hattie Sheldon 
Retired Missionary 



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Adventure is defined as a bold 
undertaking; an exciting experience! 
The adventurers of tiie Susqueiianna 
Grace Bretiiren Church have been and 
continue to be part of a fantastic ad- 
venture for the glory of God. 

Beginning as a branch work, this 
ministry in York County has been 
highlighted by experiencing God's 
blessings on many occasions. It v^as 
only June, 1976, that we celebrated a 
weekend of praise for and dedication 
of the new church facility. 

Over the past 20 months this local 
body has more than doubled its at- 
tendance with over 100 in Sunday 
School and Sunday morning worship; 
membership has almost tripled; Family 
Night (Wednesday) has been a real en- 
couragement with a growing attend- 
ance which reached an average in ex- 
cess of 90 during the month of 
November; and over 40 believers have 
been baptized during this period. 



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However, the real story lies within 
the God-honoring dedication and com- 
mitment of God's people for the min- 
istry. The Holy Spirit has used this 
vital ingredient within the local body 
to bring many to a knowledge of the 
Lord Jesus Christ as personal Saviour. 

Our church thus enters a new phase 
of this great adventure as of January 1 , 
1978. By faith in Him, we as a congre- 
gation leap from the protective nest of 
Home Missions support (national and 
district) and fully expect God's con- 
tinuing blessings as we step out as a 
self-supporting Grace Brethren 
Church. 

To mark this great step of faith, 
December 18, 1977, was designated as 
our special day of celebration. On this 
day, marked by a cold and freezing 
rain, over 100 people rejoiced together 
in each of four services and events. Mr. 
Robert Lapp, board member of The 
Brethren Home Missions Council, 
brought words of congratulations on 
behalf of the board. Former pastor, 
George Wilhelm, read a letter of con- 
gratulations from the Northern At- 
lantic District Missions Board. Dr. 
Lester Pifer, executive secretary of 
The Brethren Home Missions Council, 
challenged us with a message which 
enumerated God's greatest gifts to 
mankind. The day also included our 
annual Christmas fellowship dinner 
and the annual Christmas program. 

Now, we as a local congregation 
face our tomorrows— and we do so 
with total confidence that He will con- 
tinue to build His Church in this place! 
The theme of activity and passion of 
this local body is "Growing for His 
Glory"! 



The realization of dreams in the 
past gives greater faith and assurance 
that our dreams of the future, until 
the Lord returns, will likewise meet 
with His approval and thus be realized. 

What are they? The details, 
methods and procedures are varied; 
however, the all-encompassing ob- 
jective is for a growing, vibrant testi- 
mony in our world with an ever- 
increasing growth consciousness based 
upon the divine imperatives given by 
our Lord. His heart's desire shall be 
ours! 



To you, the faithful Brethren scat- 
tered across our country who have 
supported us through your support of 
Brethren Home Missions, we say a lov- 
ing and grateful thank you\ Indeed, 
you have been used by God to assist in 
the establishment of a testimony for, 
Jesus Christ. 

Now, in a greater way, we delight to 
join you in the ministry of helping to 
establish additional testimonies 
through Brethren Home Missions. Let 
us pray and let us give, that the Lost 
may be brought to the Saviour. 




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A congregational meeting of the Geistown Grace Bretli- 
ren Church was called in February of 1976 to consider the 
future of the church. One option considered was to close 
the doors of the church and sell the property. The church 
was hard pressed. Finances were at a low ebb and bills were 
not paid. Attendance was waning and discouragement was 
evident. Would the vision of 20 believers, who met on 
November 21, 1958, to consider the development of a 
soul-winning, Bible-teaching mission work in the Geistown 
Borough of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, become a dead-end 
street? 

The vision and purpose of that initial group was real and 
they continued to meet. Rev. Walter Nowag was the first 
elder present in those early days of the newly established 
church. Rev. Don Rager of the Riverside Grace Brethren 
Church was called upon to bring the messages. Confidence 
grew among the people and they sought out property. A 
1.7-acre plot of land was secured. The land was located off 
the main thoroughfare at one end of Sunberry Street, a 
dead-end street. September 2, 1960, marked the ground- 
breaking ceremony for the new building with Rev. Max 
Fluke as builder and first pastor, having accepted the call 
earlier in the year. 

The Geistown Grace Brethren Church moved along well 
in those early days with evidence of a clear and open road 
ahead, as various pastors shared in its ministry. The church 
grew to self-supporting status in October of 1969. With a 
clear signal of "go," the church looked forward to many 



great opportunities to grow and to serve Christ. But the 
roadblocks began to appear, and the church on the dead 
end street began to appear as if it was on a dead-end course 
itself. Funds became insufficient and the pastor found v 
necessary to resign. Was the church finished? Had Goc 
closed the doors and made this a "dead-end ministry"? A 
core of faithful believers said no. 

Dr. Pifer, of The Brethren Home Missions Council, wa; 
called upon to meet with the church late in February o1 
1976, and agreed to offer Home Missions support. The deci- 
sion was to go with Home Missions. The church then be- 
came a prayer point for churches across our Fellowship. 
After approximately six months of special speakers anc 
help from area Grace Brethren churches, I accepted the cal 
of the church. God blessed, and the people began to be en- 
couraged and have confidence. Attendances began to in- 
crease. Financial support took on new highs as God's 
people gave sacrificially in order that the needs of the 
church might be met. 

The past year has been a good year for the church with a 
real sense of unity and oneness of purpose evident among 
the people. The summer Bible School program was a great 
success as this ministry was able to exert an influence upon 
the immediate community. Many neighborhood children at- 
tended and some responded to the invitation to receive 
Christ as Saviour. A closing program brought an attendance 
of 188 that was largely visitors, and demonstrated that the 
church could reach into the community. 




This past October saw the Geistown church involved in 
an area-wide Sunday School contest with other Grace 
Brethren churches. Under the enthusiastic leadership of 
Superintendent Paul A. Ream, it was a joy to realize a 43 
percent increase over last year and to bring home the tro- 
phy for the second year in a row. Also, a new high was 
reached— 96 in Sunday School and over 100 in morning 
worship. Praise the Lord! 

As the church looks into 1978 to once again be a self- 
supporting church, it is confident that God will supply the 
needs and open new roads of service. What a blessing to 
know that God's people across our Fellowship have been 
praying for the church at Geistown! 

Yes, the church building is still on a dead-end street, but 
praise God, the church has an open road ahead. By God's 
grace it will continue to move to new milestones of victory 
for Him. "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abun- 
dantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the 
power that works within us, to Him be glory in the church 
and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. 
Amen" (Eph. 3:20-21 NASB). 




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Rocks . . . rocks . . . rocks . . . 
everywhere rocks! Gray rocks . . . 
brown rocks . . . white rocks. Small 
rocks ... big rocks . . . average-size 
rocks. Smooth rocks . . . rough rocks 
. . . strong rocks . . . weak rocks. 
Everywhere along the foothills of the 
San Gabriel Mountains there are vast, 
countless numbers of rocks. 

Now, rocks can be very useful. 
They can be used for anything as con- 
structive as to build a garden wall, or 



Brethren Churches. There followed 
several years of good times and hard 
times, some successes and many fail- 
ures. Finally it came to the point when 
there was only a small handful of 
people left, so the church was closed 
down. But the building was still useful 
for God's purposes. Another evangeli- 
cal group in the area needed a place to 
meet while they built their own 
church building in another section of 
town. So, for over a year, they used 



meeting for services on Sundays. The 
Brethren Home Missions Council 
agreed to step in and help the small 
group of believers organize themselves 
into a new home mission point. 1 ac- 
cepted the call to the pastorate of the 
church on September 1, 1975. The 
church continued to grow as God 
directed and blessed the work. God 
was building a church with "living 
stones." 

You also, as living stones, are be- 




ds destructive as to go through your 
living room window. So it was that 
back in 1931, when the people of a 
newly formed Independent Church of 
the Brethren were deciding on the 
materials to be used in their new 
church building, they chose that which 
was in very plentiful supply. They 
worked hard at gathering the right 
rocks, digging out the basement, fram- 
ing the wood, and so on. The end re- 
sult was a very attractive building 
erected to the glory of God, made out 
of the materials of His creation. Down 
through the years this building of 
stone was used for the worship services 
and fellowship activities. 

In the year 1962, the church joined 
what is now the Fellowship of Grace 



the "old stone church" as their place 
of worship. But when the new building 
was completed and the people left, the 
"old stone church" was left once again 
in the hands of a very few. Most of 
these were people who had been part 
of the original group that built the 
church, and it was a very sad time in 
their lives to see the church building 
empty and unused. 

God loves "difficult" situations. 
God also loves to use people to be a 
part of His work in these situations. 
He mightily used Ken and Charlotte 
Shively to inspire others with the firm 
conviction that God could use the 
"old stone church" for a new work. A 
Bible class under the direction of Rev. 
Don Carter soon came to the point of 



ing built up as a spiritual house 
for a holy priesthood, to offer 
up spiritual sacrifices acceptable 
to God through Jesus Christ. (I 
Peter 2:5 NASB) 

In the New Testament picture of 
the church found in this passage, the 
metaphor of stones for a building is 
used. The word for "stones" used here 
is the word lithos the usual term for 
a worked stone, whether used in a 
building or a precious stone; and it is 
distinguished from petros—A loose 
stone lying on field or roadside. How 
true this was in the case of Bible 
Brethren Church of Glendora. God 
was (and still is) doing the building of 
His Church with Living Stones. In each 
of our lives is the evidence of the 



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working of God as He prepares, shapes 
and fits each stone into its place in this 
particular body of believers. 

People . . . people . . . people . . . 
everywhere people. People of all 
races . . . people of all kinds. Poor 
people . . . rich people . . . average- 
income people. People with church 
backgrounds . . . people with very un- 
godly backgrounds. Strong people . . . 
weak people. People with needs. 
Everywhere along the foothills of the 
San Gabriel Mountains there are vast 
numbers of people. People who need 
Christ. People who need to be under 
the teaching of the Word of God. 
People who need to be a part of a 
Christ-centered, Bible-believing 
church . . . 

. . . God continued to work the 
Living Stones at Bible Brethren 
Church. He began to give them a vision 
of outreach to an area of the foothills. 
Twenty-five miles east of Glendora lay 
the town of Alta Loma, an area of 
phenomenal growth in population. To- 
gether Ken Shively and I began to pray 
and investigate the possibility of start- 
ing some sort of outreach in Alta 
Loma. God had placed a burden on the 
hearts of the Living Stones in Glen- 
dora, but nobody was sure just exactly 
what God's plan was for Alta Loma. 

At the same time, God was prepar- 
ing other Living Stones, such as the 
Fairchild family of the First Brethren 
Church of Whittier. They felt God's 
leading to move ... so they did . . . to 
Alta Loma. God even provided them 
with a house that had a large living 
room. He knew that soon they would 



need it for a growing Bible class that 
would meet each week. 

God began to bring the Living 
Stones closer together. Soon the 
church in Glendora began to sponsor 
and support the growing Bible study in 
Alta Loma. The vision was becoming 
clearer— God wanted a new church in 
Alta Loma There was a growing feel- 
ing of excitement during both Sunday 
and Wednesday services in Glendora as 
well as in the Thursday night Bible 
studies in Alta Loma. God was doing 
some building. 

In a matter of months God had 
brought His plan to the point that, 
through the help and guidance of The 
Brethren Home Missions Council, a 
new church was formed, five acres of 



choice property was purchased, and a 
new pastor, Gary Nolan, was called. 

It was both a sad and an exciting 
time when families that were a vital 
part of the Glendora church were set 
aside for God's work in the new Alta 
Loma Church. Sad, because there were 
deep friendships; exciting, because we 
knew what God had prepared for these 
Living Stones. 

The story has just begun, because 
God is continuing to build. Both the 
Home Missions points arc growing as 
more Living Stones are being worked 
and fitted by God into His Church. 
That is the exciting part of a Church 
of Living Stones. It can continue to 
grow and multiply to the glory of 
God. 




Pastor Kenneth Churchill with Robert W. Thompson, Western Field 
Representative, and John W. Mayes, Home Missions Council Director. 




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Navajo News Note 

Another new Navajo church has just sprung 
up in the Counselor, N. Mex., area. After 
three meetings of the Pueblo Pintado group, 
there were 36 present. This is Navajo church 
number four and on January 22, 1978, there 
were 146 people present among the four 
churches. Church growth is continuing in 
Navajoland. Keep on praying. 



Resignation 



Mr. Edward Cole, who has been assisting in promotion 
for The Brethren Home Missions Council and assisting in 
the Brethren Investment Foundation work, resigned and 
terminated his services on January 1, 1978. Mr. Cole re- 
turned to his previous work with the Falls Savings and Loan 
of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. 

It was with regret that the resignation of Mr. Cole was 
accepted, but we know his local church will be happy to 
have the void filled which the Coles had left. We are now 
looking for someone to replace Mr. Cole in Brethren Home 
Missions. 



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From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

D A whole new sound system has been purchased by the 
Community Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach, Calif. 
Total cost for the system and installation was just over 
$2,000. 

D "Supper 8s" is a program instituted by the Bellflower 
Brethren Church of Bellflower, Calif., to provide an oppor- 
tunity for fellowship among members on a regular basis. A 
group of four couples (or teamed-up singles) sets up a sched- 
ule of having dinner or dessert at one couple's house each 
month until each couple has hosted the group. 

n If you're heading south for a relief from the winter 
weather and will be in Florida, you are welcome to worship 
with the group of believers at Clearwater. The church meets 
at: 3432 Bays End Manor Trailer Court, State Route 580. 

n Rev. Ross Martin has terminated his ministry at Cypress, 
Calif., and has accepted a new ministry at the North Valley 
Christian Center in Chico, Calif. His new address is: 1608 
Hemlock St., Chico, Calif. 95926. 

n Alaska Mission Tour: Dr. Nathan Meyer and the Bible 
Prophecy Association are planning a tour to Alaska July 
6-20. Included will be a visit to Mt. McKinley, Fairbanks, a 
two-day Bible conference at Anchorage, and another Bible 
conference in the new church at Kenai with Ed and Polly 
Jackson. On July 20, you can fly home or go to Hawaii 
with Dr. and Mrs. Meyer for eight more days of sightsee- 
ing—including another two-day Bible conference. Those in- 
terested may write the Bible Prophecy Association, 190 
Loveman Ave., Worthington, Ohio 43085, for further infor- 
mation and prices. 

n The Alpha Teens and Omegans of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Middlebranch, Ohio, hosted a Christmas party 
for a group of Developmentally Disabled Citizens. The 
youth were supervised by Mrs. Lorin Royer for this min- 
istry. 

n Looking for a youth director or assistant pastor? Confi- 
dential resumes are available upon official request from 
GBC Christian Education, Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 
46590. Those seeking such positions may also contact the 
above address. 



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64155; phone - 816/436-7346. . . . Daniel Eshleman, 424 
Englewood Rd., Hagerstown, Md. 21740; phone - 
301 /791-1467. ... Jack Monette, ordained June 6, 
1977. ... Russell L. Williams, 6213 Green Eyes Way, 
Orangevale, Calif. 95662. . . . Marion Thomas, 1125 Over- 
cash Dr., Ranchwood Estates, Dunedin, Fla. 
33528. . . . Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church, Rd 8, Box 
121, Johnstown, Pa. 15909. 



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Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 26-March 1; Merlin D. Berkey, 
pastor; Nathan Meyer, speaker. 

North Lauderdale, Fla., March 3-5; Jack Peters, Jr., pastor; 
Nathan Meyer, speaker. 



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D Twenty-five two- foot-tall marionettes made history alive 
as part of a recent children's crusade at the North Long 
Beach Brethren Church in Long Beach, Calif. Youth Evan- 
gelists Willard and Margaret Grant brought back the year 
1776 through marionettes dressed in authentic costumes 
portraying George Washington, Paul Revere, Betsy Ross, 
and 22 others. The program also included chalk drawing, 
stories and songs. 



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marriages 



Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest always 
upon, these new families who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six-month free subscription to the l-lerald is given to 
newlyweds whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

Mr. and Mrs. Charley Rael, April 16, First Brethren Church 

of Taos, Taos, N. Mex. 

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Martinez, June 9, First Brethren 

Church of Taos, Taos, N. Mex. 

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Saiazar, Aug. 14, First Brethren 

Church of Taos, Taos, N. Mex. 

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Jamison, Sept. 10, First Brethren 

Church of Taos, Taos, N. Mex. 

Gail Ferguson and Ken Ramey, Oct. 29, First Brethren 

Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Marcy McNeely and Tom Dunn, Nov. 5, First Brethren 

Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Susie Windham and Clay Bergman, Nov. 22, First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Joy Imai and Philip Hayes, Dec. 3, First Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. 

Barbara Mitchell and Joe Head, Dec. 10, First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Mary Ann Sanislo and Erroll Peterson, Dec. 10, Grace 
Brethren Church, Yakima, Wash. 

Patricia Blackburn and Larry Tully, Dec. 10, Englewood 
Grace Brethren Church, Englewood, Ohio. 
Lillian Heatwole and John Ahrendt, Dec. 19, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Yakima, Wash. 

Lisa Johns and Jon Hutchison, Dec. 30, First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Cassie Stuhr and Greg Dekker, Jan. 7, Grace Brethren 
Church, Yakima, Wash. 

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Dowds, Grace Brethren Church, Seal 
Beach, Calif. 



D A team of seven inmates from the Columbia State Prison 
held the morning worship service at the Grace Brethren 
Church of Anderson, S.C, on Jan. 15. The chaplain of the 
prison. Ken Laws, brought the message. A member of the 
team whose story appeared in the December issue of the 
Herald, Dottie Trueland, gave her testimony at the service. 
Dottie and her family received Christ during last summer's 
evangelistic campaign, were baptized last fall, and are now 
members of the church. 



deaths 



Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

CASSEL, Estella, 11 , Nov. 30, member of the Englewood 
Grace Brethren Church, Englewood, Ohio. Gerald Polman, 
pastor. 

DIDRIKSEN, Hazel, Dec. 15, member of the First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. David Hocking, pastor. 
EIKENBERRY, Samuel, 92, Jan. 9, member of the Engle- 
wood Grace Brethren Church, Englewood, Ohio. Gerald 
Polman, pastor. 

EWANCIK, John, Nov. 20, member of First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. David Hocking, pastor, 
FLAUGH, Calvin, 71, Dec. 16, member of the Leamersville 
Grace Brethren Church, Duncansville, Pa. John E. Gregory, 
pastor. 

KANZLER, Ruth, Dec. 21, member of the Harrah Brethren 
Church, Harrah, Wash. Charles H. Winter, pastor. 
LIGGETT, Blanche, Nov. 3, member of the First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. David Hocking, pastor. 
RUNYON, Pansy, Jan. 1, a faithful member of the Norwalk 
Brethren Church, Norwalk, Calif., since 1915. Nickolas 
Kurtaneck, pastor. 

RUSSELL, Kenneth, 47, Jan. 12, pastor of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of New Holland, Pa. Mr. Russell died unex- 
pectedly of a heart attack at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 
12, after normally conducting his regular Bible study and 
prayer service the evening before. Following his seminary 
training, Mr. Russell was pastor of the Bethel Brethren 
Church of Berne, Ind., for nine years. In 1971, he began his 
ministry at the New Holland, Pa., church. Mr. Russell was 
also a member of the Christian Education Board of the 
FGBC. Graveside services were held for the immediate 
family on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 14. That evening the 
family greeted friends at the church. On Sunday afternoon 
a memorial service of celebration was held at the church by 
Pastor Wesley Haller and other pastors from the Northern 
Atlantic District. The family requested that no flowers be 
given, but rather that money be placed in a memorial fund 
at the New Holland church. A suitable memorial will be de- 
cided upon later. Pastor Kenneth Russell is survived by his 
wife, Judy, and children: Becky, Doug, Rich, and Beth. 
THOMPSON, Lilah, Nov. 29, member of the First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. David Hocking, pastor. 
VALENTINE, Wilma, Dec. 5, faithful member of First 
Brethren Church of Rittman, Ohio, for many years. Robert 
Russell, pastor. 

WHITTENBERGER, Glenn, 11, Jan, 5, a faithful member 
of the Winona Lake Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Mrs. Whittenberger is Mrs. Raymond Thompson's mother, 
Charles Ashman, pastor. 



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grace schools 



LibfOfu Catalooino 
Compvtefized 



There are more than 1,000 students using the Grace 
College Library and nnany times each day information is 
needed about a book— the kind of information that usually 
appears on a good catalog card. This is a problem— 
especially if the catalog card lacks information or if the 
book is not cataloged. 

Grace Librarian Robert D. Ibach, Jr., states this is no 
longer a major problem because the library received a de- 
lightful Christmas gift when a computer terminal was in- 
stalled shortly before the holiday. The terminal, made pos- 
sible through an S8,000 grant from the Kellogg Foundation 
of Battle Creek, Michigan, enables the library to tie into a 
nationwide computer network with headquarters in Colum- 
bus, Ohio. 

With the computer, Grace librarians can catalog library 
materials utilizing the shared expertise of many libraries 
that use the system, including the Library of Congress. 
Founded by the Ohio College Association, the computer 
network came into being In 1967, to increase availability of 
academic library resources and to slow the rate of rise of 



library expenditures. 

There are 80,000 volumes in the Grace Library and three 
million records in the computer bank in Columbus. Infor- 
mation about filmstrips, records and periodicals is also avail- 
able. Librarians communicate with the Library Center com- 
puter through the keyboard and the answers appear on the 
screen. 

"The computers contain cataloging data, and have the 
capacity to produce catalog cards on those books, or any 
that the Grace Library may wish to input, modified to the 
needs here," Ibach said. He added that a book can be 
cataloged in minutes and the cards will be received from 
Columbus within days. Formerly, it took several months to 
get a new book cataloged. 

Inter-library loan, acquisitions, pre-catalog searching and 
bibliographic verification are also a part of the service. 
Vicki Debolt, 1977 graduate of Grace College, from Rich- 
wood, Ohio, operates the terminal in the library. "It is 
really exciting to be able to type information and in a short 
while get a list of books by an author on the screen," she 
stated. 



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Grace Librarian Robert D. Ibach, Jr. and Vicki Debolt experiment with the computer terminal. 



grace schools 

"The Company of Grace," a drama 
team representing Grace College in 
Winona Lake, Indiana, will be present- 
ing "Were You There?" during an 
Easter, 1978, tour to California. 

The group's Easter presentation, 
under the direction of Professor 
Stephen A. Grill, involves musical se- 
lections and individual monologues 
vi^hich focus on the crucifixion, in 
addition to the central work, "Were 
You There?" The drama investigates 
the personalities of those individuals 
who were closely involved with the 
death of Jesus and asks members of 
the audience to consider whether they 
possess today some of the same atti- 
tudes that sent Christ to the cross 
2,000 years ago. In order to make the 
dramatic presentation flexible enough 
to fit any church situation, it has been 



"W«PC f 0« f bcFC?" 



adapted to the method of presentation 
known as Reader's Theatre. 

Professor Grill teaches in the speech 
and drama department at Grace. A 
1970 graduate of Grace with the B.A. 
in speech, he also holds the M.A. in 
theatre from Ball State University. He 
is currently working on his doctorate 
at Ball State. Dr. Stephen Young, as- 
sociate professor of speech at Grace, is 
also involved in the presentation. 

College members of the team are; 
seniors— Rich Wroughton, Park Forest, 
Illinois; Bruce and Christi Barlow, War- 



saw, Indiana; Sherilyn Smith, Winona 
Lake, Indiana; David Rank, Myers- 
town, Pennsylvania; juniors— Carol 
Ogden, Lanham, Maryland; Mike Boze, 
Berne, Indiana; and David Bogue, Day- 
ton, Ohio, sophomore. Personnel in- 
volved from the Seminary are David 
Griffith, Warsaw, Indiana (Middler); 
and Daryle Emch, Rittman, Ohio 
(Senior). 

The group will present a service in 
the Blackhawk Baptist Church in Fort 
Wayne, Indiana, on March 19 before 
leaving for California on March 23. 



Friday, March 24 


noon 


First Brethren Church of Long Beach, Long Beach 


(Good Friday) 


P.M. 


Leisure World, Seal Beach 


Saturday, March 25 


P.M. 


Los Altos Brethren Church, Long Beach 


Sunday, March 26 


Sunrise 


North Long Beach Brethren Church, Long Beach 


(Easter) 


P.M. 


Bellflower Brethren Church, Bellflower 


Monday, March 27 


P.M. 


Montclair Grace Brethren Church, Montclair 


Tuesday, March 28 


A.M. 


Whittier Christian High School, Whittier 


Wednesday, March 29 


P.M. 


Westminster Brethren Church, Westminster 


Thursday, March 30 


A.M. 


Brethren High School, Paramount 




P.M. 


Grace Brethren Church of Cypress, Cypress 


Friday, March 31 




Grace Fellowship Banquet 


Saturday, April 1 




Youth Rally, Simi Valley 


Sunday, April 2 


A.M. 


Grace Brethren Church of Simi Valley, Simi Valley 




P.M. 


Return to Indiana 




Your special gift to Grace College and Seminary, whether it be "in 
memory" of a departed loved one or friend; or "in honor" of someone special 
on a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion, says— "I really care." 

Promptly upon receipt of your gift, an appropriate card of "sympathy" or 
of "congratulations" will be sent to the family or persons you desire. The 
amount of the gift will not be revealed. 

Your gift will also be a lasting investment in the Christian education of the 
more than 1,000 students on Grace campus. 

Gifts were received for the following during December 1977. 



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schools 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 



In Memory of : 

Mrs. Nona Brumbaugh 
Mrs. Don (Marcia) Wardell 
W. E. Bearinger 
Dr. Luther L. Gruhb 

Hazel Didriksen 
Ivan Moomaw 
Frederick Rowland 
Mrs. Barbara L. Siplc 
Roy W. Shaffer 
Dr. Lloyd Fish 

In Honor of : 

Mr. and Mrs. James Messner 
(First Wedding Anniversary) 



Given by : 

Mrs. Lloyd I'isli 

Charles i.. Bryant 

Mr. and Mrs. L. Ray Layman 

Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Jensen 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard I ostcr 

Mrs. Thclnia Moomaw 

Mr. and Mrs. Miles Cason 

Mr. and Mrs. G. Harder 

Mr. and Mrs. William E. Darr 

Mr. and Mrs. Allan Fish 

Given by : 

Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 






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Photo Essay — Chet Nelson 

Grace College Junior — Beaverton, Oregon 



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Rev. William Tweeddale, Pastor 
St. Petersburg, Florida 



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Is it not our mandate from the 
Lord to teach the whole child? Our 
churches are doing an outstanding 
job— having the child but one hour of 
the week for Sunday School and one 
hour for Junior Church. If there is an 
argument for Sunday School (and 
there is), what about Monday, Tuesday 
and Wednesday school? This was the 
challenge we faced as a congregation a 
little over a year ago. We saw all the 
efforts of our Sunday School teachers 
being undone in the humanist Monday 
school. Our church responded and in 
1977, we dedicated ourselves to estab- 
lishing a school in our church to teach 
from the vantage point of the Bible 
every day of the week. 

Because something as precious as a 
little mind was involved, we waited on 
the Lord and did not want to go off 
"half-cocked." There was a system 
that made our nation great. It was 
based upon the premise that the pastor 
was the principal and the sanctuary 
was the schoolroom and the Bible was 
the textbook. Until 1900, this was the 
basis of American education. But as 
the humanistic efforts of John Dewey 
began to move away from emphasis 
upon the individual's dignity, and be- 
gan to move toward society and the 
social group, our schools moved from 
the church to the classroom and from 
the classroom to the county school, 
from the county school to the huge 
consolidated "think tanks" which have 
depersonalized the child and de- 
throned God. We, as a church, deter- 
mined to again go back to basics and 
establish a school. 

God led us to use one of the most 
basic plans of education— a plan called 
A.C. E., which stands for Accelerated 
Christian Education. The material is 
true to the Bible. In fact, the doctrinal 
position of the material is more in 
harmony with what the Brethren 
Church believes than much of our Sun- 
day School material. In order to use 
the material and infuse the concept 



Education- 

Getting Back 
to the Basics 



into a church, the pastor is required to 
be trained in Garland, Texas. This is a 
week-long, intensive school that ex- 
poses you to the total philosophy of 
the A.C.E. curricukim. I returned 
home more committed than ever that 
God was leading us in the development 
of Grace Christian School. 

The material of the A.C.E. program 
is geared to each individual's personal 
readiness to learn. Having worked at 
our camps as water safety instructor, I 
had taught scores of children to swim 
and I recognized a simple fact— all 
were not ready to swim at the same 
age. Some learned to swim at five and 
some did not learn to swim until fif- 
teen. This does not prove a thing 
about the child's mental or physical 
abilities, it has to do with readiness, in 
our school we take these facts into 
consideration. A child who is in the 
fourth grade may be working on sixth 
grade math and third grade spelling. 
God created him as an individual, a 
person, and we deal with him on that 
basis, rather than as a "class." Treating 
people as groups is opposed by our 
concept of personal salvation as well as 
our personal prescription for the 
child's education. 

Every child is tested extensively at 
the time of application. We diagnose 
his abilities and pick up his "gaps." If 
a child has not learned fractions but is 
in the eighth grade, fractions must be 
learned before he can proceed. 

Children are encouraged through a 
unique "no-fail" device that is built 
into the system. He does not learn to 
receive "Fs" in his work, but must re- 
peat the "pace" (a small printed book- 
let that contains a unit of instruction) 
and only his passing grade is recorded. 

There are some other truths devel- 
oped in our school, and one is a walk 
of "faith." We charge no tuition for 




our school, but each parent makes a 
"faith promise" as he would do in the 
support of a missionary. There is no 
monthly reminder of lack of payment, 
but a simple trusting the Holy Spirit to 
remind the parents of their commit- 
ment. Our school fund is one of the 
few funds in our church that has a few 
dollars surplus. 

Because our school is established to 
train Christian leaders, we do not feel 
the school should be an evangelistic 
arm of the church. We can never be 
accused of lacking in zeal for winning 
children (with the largest bus ministry 
of any church its size in our area). 
However, we feel that a Christian 
school should be a training ground for 
future leaders. We require the child be 
saved and in good relationship with 
our church prior to admission. If the 
child goes to another fundamental 
church, he is required to have a letter 
from his pastor stating that he is in 
good standing with that church. We 
also require that both parents are 
saved. After all, there is no basis for a 
"faith promise" if there are unsaved 
parents. 

Our teachers are all accredited. Miss 
Marian Wchr, who helped build the 
school from its inception, worked one 
summer in the church office. She also 
did all the ordering. She had worked 
several months at another A.C.E. 
school in our area and is our main 
grade school teacher. John Nale, a re- 
cent graduate of Grace Seminary, is 
equipped to teach science and math 
and is working in the area of "learning 
to read" with our first graders. John 
will be teaching in the high school as it 
is developed. Our main language will 
be New Testament Greek on the high 



Editor's note; Brethren churches 
throughout our Fellowship are turning 
to the ministry of Christian schools. One 
of the new curriculums is the A.C.E. pro- 
gram. Two of our churches— St. Peters- 
burg, Florida, and Washington, D.C. 
(First) have adopted this program. 

The Herald would like to share with 
you the story of one of these schools. 
We trust the information will be helpful. 
We will soon carry the story of the years 
of progress in the Christian school move- 
ment at Long Beach (First)— watch for 
the story. 



school level and John is equipped to 
work in that field. We began in Sep- 
tember with fifty children (grades one 
through nine) and we have taken on 
about five more children. 

What about the academics of our 
school? Miss Marian Wehr is a member 
of the National Honor Society. Her 
training was in teaching the gifted 
child— by the way, she was saved 
through our ministry. We require this 
caliber of teachers! We give the Cali- 
fornia Achievement Test at the begin- 
ning and the end of each school year. 
Pupils at A.C.E. schools are from nine 
months to a year and a half ahead of 
those taught at public schools. A third 
curriculum is being developed at Gar- 
land, Texas. The new curriculum will 
demand 20 percent more from the 
student and will reflect the character 
traits seen in the person of Christ in 
each pace. The Bill Gothard Youth 
Conflict training is almost a must for a 
person who is working in an A.C.E. 
school. 

Our church has become a classroom 
to teach the exciting truths of God's 
Word against the backdrop of truth re- 
vealed in history, English and math 
and many other subjects. The pastor is 
the principal and, as I was forewarned, 
it has been time-demanding and the 
work has been hard. However, it has 
been one of the most rewarding years 
of my life. Best of all, the Bible has 
again become the most important text- 
book for 55 students. We are trusting 
the Lord for 100 students next year. 
We are planning now to increase our 
entrance requirements. God has been 




so good to us. 

Because there is no difference be- 
tween Sunday and Monday school, we 
consider our staff as part of the whole 
operation and wc fill in where needed. 
Pastor Sam Baer is assistant principal 
and soccer coach. We have one part- 
lime worker and a secretary, monitor 
and part-time janitor. Since 1970, 
when America's time-honored, one- 
room schoolhousc resurfaced using 
A.C.E. curriculum, the movement has 
grown from one school at Garland, 
Texas, with the founder as principal, 
Dr. Donald Howard, to a worldwide 
movement by a faith goal of 2,000 
schools by January 1, 1978. It is the 
prayer of Donald Howard that every 



fundamental church consider the ic- 
sponsibility of establishing a school. 
There are at least two such schools in 
our Fellowship— Washington, D.C, 
with Russ Ogden as principal, and our 
own. Every student who graduates 
from an A.C.E. school is expected to 
go on to a college where creation and 
the fundamentals of the faith are 
taught. Those of us who are involved 
in A.C.E. schools are committed to see 
a "glut" of Christian leadership emerge 
on the face of America that will 
change the course of thinking of this 
great land and reestablish the prin- 
ciples of the one-room schoolhousc 
that made our country great. 



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as we go to press . . . 

Jlev. and Mrs. Kenneth Curtis have announced the 
birth of a daughter, Andrea Joy, on Nov. 29, 1977. 
Mr. Curtis is the pastor of the Silverbell Grace 
Brethren Church of Tucson, Ariz. 

The Board of Evangelism has accepted the resigna- 
tion of the Becker Evangelistic Team, effective 
Jan. 21, 1978. Churches which had scheduled meet- 
ings for the remainder of the year are being con- 
tacted by the Board of Evangelism with optional 
plans. 

The Grace Brethren Church of Sunnyside, Wash. , 
has accepted the resignation of John Terrell. 

The paralyzing blizzard which struck the Midwest 

on Jan. 26 and 27 disrupted work schedules at 

the Missionary Herald. However, every effort is 

being made to mail Sunday School orders, Dail y 

Devotions , and your Herald magazine as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience 

and understanding. (History must be repeating itself — just one year ago, the 

Herald carried a notice that the severe winter weather and resulting natural gas 

shortage were forcing us to curtail our work week.) 

The twenty-second Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) International Conference will 
be held on the campus of Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., May 22-26, 1978. 
The theme for the conference is "new vision for new generations." Over 1,000 
people are expected to attend the biannual conference. CEF is an interdenomina- 
tional, international missionary organization which has been pointing boys and 
girls to Jesus Christ and training others to do the same for over 40 years. 

Rev. Ron Thompson will assume the pastorate of the Patterson Memorial Brethren 
Church, Roanoke, Va. , on March 5. 

Rev. Sam Horney, 62, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 11 after a massive stroke. 

He headed the Brethren Spanish-American work in Taos, N. Mex. , for a number of years. 

New York (EP) — Contributions to 10 major U.S. Protestant denominations out- 
paced inflation in 1976, according to a survey by the National Council of 
Churches. The survey reported contributions totalling $3,672,406,679, as 
against $3,429,259,955 in 1975, an Increase of 7.1 percent. During the same 
period, U.S. inflation increased the cost of goods and services by 6 percent. 

Las Vegas (EP) — A precedent has been set here in advertising for a Billy 
Graham crusade. For the first time, the evangelist's picture is being used on 
outdoor billboards to publicize his Las Vegas Crusade, scheduled for Feb. 1-5. 
Mr. Graham has never allowed the use of his likeness on a billboard before be- 
cause "he does not seek to promote himself, only glorify the Lord." An ex- 
ception has been made because "in Las Vegas it is standard procedure for 
noteworthy persons to have their pictures on billboards." 








1 march '78 



It seems that people are "taking a 
look" at the unseen these days. This in- 
terest in new areas of existence is 
growing rapidly. Spaceships, unidenti- 
fied flying objects, and life beyond 
death arc topics of news items, books 
and films. This is really nothing new, 
since it always was a great delight to 
lay the newspaper out on the floor and 
then stretch out on my tummy to read 
and dream of Buck Rogers and his 
space trips. And let me tell you, that is 
not the recent past, because I tried the 
posture recently and it was not as 
comfortable as it was in the pre-World 
War II era. They just do not make 
floors as comfortable as they used 
to. . . . 

The fantasy of the unseen delights 
the imagination for young and old 
alike. For the young, it is a dream 
world to escape the limitations of 
earth, it is also true that imagination is 
much more vivid in youth before it has 
met the hard, cruel world of reality. 
Fantasy is a world where the mind can 
escape the strict lines of the physical 
realm and flee to the delights of un- 
limited possibilities. 

But the fascination with the world 
.-Q of the unseen is not restricted to the 
r* young. Like Shakespeare, some can see 
p "books in running brooks and. . . ." 
^ other-v/orld creatures in everything. 
- Have you ever met a person who 
. claims to have seen an unidentified ob- 
ject—flying or otherwise? They are be- 
lievers! To be honest about it— they 
make me a little nervous. When I talk 
to them, I hesitate to be driving alone 



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Charles W. Turner 
Editor 

at night (especially alone on dark 
mountainous roads— where I know 
that civilization and the nearest Mc- 
Donalds may be miles and miles 
away). What would I do if I met a 
little green man in a fiery red space 
convertible? I have no answer and 
frankly 1 hope it docs not happen. At 
a banquet recently, a man asked me if 
I believe in such objects. I could only 
chew the tough beef and say, "I do 
not know. I have never seen even one 
such object." 

But the newest fad is the presenta- 
tion of people who have come back 
from the dead, or so they say. Books, 
television and films are highlighting 
this new discussion. Yet it is not really 
new because the discussion had been 
going on for years. The Bible gives ac- 
counts of God restoring people who 
were dead; and at the same time warns 
us against trying to seek out those who 
have died. Those who know the Bible 
have insights and truths into what hap- 
pens when a person dies physically. 
Yes, it is easy to come up with the 
answer to the question about life after 
death. It is there, it is real— even 
though to us it is the realm of the un- 
seen. Each person is a living soul and 
will live beyond the fact of physical 
death. 

I am a bit concerned about another 
question, though. Is there life after 
birth' It seems that so many people 
have never learned much about the 
fact that we were born into this world 
for a reason and life is to be lived as a 
stewardship from God. It is not so 



much our life, as it is His. This partner- 
ship of life is so vitally important, and 
time is such a valuable commodity. We 
have just so much of it. And the inter- 
esting part is that no one knows just 
how much. So, time is precious and it 
is so very necessary to live in a fashion 
that is acceptable to the creator God. 

It is possible to move in such a 
manner after birth as to question the 
purpose of life. I personally like things 
to move— granted, my patience needs a 
great deal of constructive remodeling, 
but it's much better to show signs of 
life through movement than to be 
questioned as to whether some form 
of paralysis has overtaken our physical 
beings. Traffic lights are temporary in- 
conveniences, slow-pouring catsup is a 
plot of the Communists to slow up the 
free enterprise system, and slow- 
moving customer lines are thorns in 
my daily activity rose garden. What I 
am saying is that I like to see it move 
if it is still alive— if not, bury it fast. 

Another question; is there life after 
birth when it comes to the spiritual 
area? New birth in Christ is for the 
purpose of entering into the spiritual 
union with God. I have trouble under- 
standing why people stand gazing in 
awe at the maternity ward spot of 
their spiritual birth, such as an altar, 
when they should be out in the streets 
of spiritual activity doing their 
Father's business. Wc were born to live 
for God and to serve Him. As im- 
portant as spiritual birth is, there is a 
greater goal— and that is to glorify 
God. Is there life after your birth? 



COVER: 

Communication is the key in spreading the 
Gospel. In order to effectively talk with 
people, missionaries must learn the language 
of the country in which they minister. 



reported in the herald 

35 Years Ago- 1943 

Louis S. Bauman wrote to Rev. 
William H. Schaffer, pastor of "the 
little country church" seven niUes east 
of Berne, Indiana: "Probably as the 
Lord figures, your church, of all 
churches, would take first prize in the 
matter of missionary spirit". ... A 
baby daughter was born to the Blaine 
Snyders. Rev. Snyder is pastor of the 
Lake Odessa church. 

II 15 Years Ago- 1963 

Charles Thornton was greeted as the 
new pastor at the First Brethren 
Church of Buena Vista. 

5 Years Ago- 1973 

BMH Books announce publication of 
two new books, Contemporary Coun- 
terfeits by Dr. John Davis and Land of 
Miracles by Rev. Nathan 
Meyer. . . . Reborn Free is the an- 
nounced theme for the 1973 Brethren 
Youth Conference. It will be held at 
Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa. The 
challenge hour speaker to be Dave 
Seifert. 



Volume 40 Number 5 March 1, 1978 
Published on the first and fifteenth of 
each month (except— one issue only in the 
months of April, August and December) by 
The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 
P. O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Printed by BMH Printing 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Artists, Timothy Kennedy, Gary Nieter 
Production Manager: Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 
Pastor Knute Larson, Ed Lewis, Ginny 
Toroian. Foreign tVlissions: Rev. John 
Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 
l\/lissions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WIVIC: Linda 
Hoke. 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona 
Lake, Ind. Published by the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company, P. O. Box 544, 
1104 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. Subscription prices: $5.00 a year; 
foreign, $5.75. Special rates to churches. 
Extra copies of this issue or back issues are 
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age paid, with a minimum order of four 
copies. Please include your check with 
order. 



contents 

4 LEARNING THE LANGUAGE 

6 TEACHING, COOKING, PIGS, . . . 

8 FINANCIAL REPORT FOR 1977 

11 SIXTY-FIVE CHURCHES EXCEED $5,000 

14 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

16 MEET THE "ROARING 20S" 

19wOMEN MANIFESTING CHRIST 

20tHE CROSS OF BEAUTY 

21a FRESH REMINDER . . . 

22wMC PROJECT 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • BMH News Report 12 • 
• As We Go to Press ... 23 • 



MEMBER 



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EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION 




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Dear Readers, 

We have expressed our thanks to you for your help in making pos- 
sible a record year of income for the Herald. In fact, we topped 
$1,000,000 of income for the first time. Your support through pur- 
chases, subscriptions and gifts helped make it all happen. 

So, that makes it all good news and we can all relax— sorry, this is 
not true. One example is the Herald magazine. Last year it cost $25,073 
more to produce the Herald than came in by subscriptions and board 
expenses. This makes over a $60,000 loss during the past three years. 

So, that is the good news and the bad news— and we ask your con- 
tinued support through offerings and gifts to help cover these rapidly 
increasing costs. 

The offering goal for 1978 is a modest $70,000 and we know you 
will help. 

Thanks. 

Charles Turner 



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foreign missions 




Learning the Language 



Jesse B. Deloe 



ha 



"With English I hear you with my 
head; with Tagalog, I hear you with 
my heart." 

Those are the words of a Filipino 
who speaks and understands English, 
but whose heart is moved when he 
hears his native tongue. The same 
thought has been expressed by other 
people all around the world. 

That's the reason missionaries study 
foreign languages. They could use in- 
terpreters to preach the Gospel, or 
they could endeavor to teach English 
to the nationals; but people under- 
stand best when they hear with their 



hearts as well as with their heads. It's 
the Gospel of Jesus Christ that we 
want to communicate to a lost world; 
but it's a Gospel that is fruitless unless 
it is communicated in an understand- 
able manner. 

Acceptance of the Gospel involves 
more than understanding the words 
that tell the story of salvation. It in- 
volves trust and love and faith. These 
require more than mere intellectual 
agreement, so the missionary aims at 
the heart, "for with the heart man be- 
lieves, resulting in righteousness" 
(Rom. 10:10 NASB). 



One missions writer put it simply, 
"The goal of missionary work is to 
communicate." Communication is not 
effective unless the hearer responds in 
the desired manner. Such response is 
more likely to occur when the medium 
of communication is the native tongue 
of the hearer. 

Right now 16 Brethren missionaries 
are in intensive language-learning: 
some in France, others in Argentina, 
two in Germany, and one in Puerto 
Rico. Each is preparing for a special 
ministry. 

After many years of schoolings 



foreign missions 

including college and seminary most 
often— these dedicated young people 
are back in school again! More home- 
work, tests, memorization, lab study, 
pronunciation drills, and finally, 
exams. They try to learn in one year 
what we normally take several years to 
learn while we're growing up. 

If you've never studied a foreign 
language, perhaps you don't under- 
stand how traumatic an experience it 
may be. It isn't just learning that "the 
cat" is le chat in French or el goto in 
Spanish. Anyone can memorize 
vocabulary. It's learning the "funny 
way" people say things, like "It's cold" 
(referring to the weather). The French 
say, "// fait froid" (literally, "It makes 
cold"). Or, "I'm ten years old." In 
Spanish that would be, "Tengo diez 
anos" (literally, "I have ten years"). 





you? Well, that's what comes some- 
times with language-learning. 

When language study is completed 
—although you never really finish 
learning a language— there is the thrill 
of using and speaking another tongue 
and being understood in it! 

Our new missionaries will be serving 
in several different nations to spread 
the Good News. Their goal is to be 
able to communicate the Gospel clear- 
ly and effectively. 

That's why missionaries learn a new 
language— sometimes two or three— in 
order to present the message of eternal 
life so the hearers can respond with 
head and heart. 

It's not easy— language-learning— 
but it's a price missionaries are willing 
to pay. 



Even vocabulary can foul you up, 
like the time a French missionary was 
trying to speak of being behind some- 
thing, but he used a word that refers 
to a part of one's anatomy. That 
brought a laugh. Consider, too, that in 
some African languages, they refer to 
the liver as the seat of emotions. 
How'd you like to get a Valentine in 
the shape of your liver?! That would 
bring a laugh in our country. 

Speaking of laughing, you have to 
be able to take a joke and be laughed 
at to learn a language. You don't re- 
member all the times your parents and 
friends laughed at the funny things 
you said or the funny way you talked 
when you were learning English. But 
you'd be embarrassed— and maybe in- 
sulted—if they did that now, wouldn't 




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foreign missions 



Teaching, 
eooking, 
Pigs, 
' ehildren: 




Mrs. George Peters 



Day 



"It's a great life!" exclaimed Jane 
Peters. What could this wife of a mis- 
sionary to the Central African Empire 
be talking about? Why, being a mis- 
sionary wife, of course. 

Jane and her husband George have 
served in Africa since August of 1968. 
During that time Jane has been wife, 
mother, hostess, and missionary. 
That's quite a job. She feels that most 
missionary wives are "versatile" which 
enables them to be all of these things 
at once. 

When Jane first arrived on the field, 
she was in charge of the distribution 
center for the print shop. Since her 
husband is in charge of the print shop, 
this was a very nice arrangement. 
Later, she became the housemother in 
a dorm with 1 5 teen-age boys. "It was 
fun," she recalled. 

One day another missionary an- 
nounced, "It's time for Jane to start 
teaching at the Bible Institute." Jane 
agreed to teach a class on writing, and 
she enjoyed it. Last semester was the 
only time Mrs. Peters did not teach in 
the Bible Institute. During that time, 
^ she and her husband ministered in 
r~ Batangafo, visiting the different 
•p people. They even lived in a grass hut 
^ and were the only white people. (This 
^ area now has no missionaries since Bob 
~V and Lenora Williams retired and the 
2 Peters are on furlough.) 
^ All the time she was involved in 
_ these various duties, she was also the 
O mother of four boys. Jane described 



by Nora Macon with Jane Peters 



herself as a "long-distance" mother. 
Since three of her boys were in junior 
high or high school, they attended 
school in Zaire. Her motherly duties 
included writing letters and preparing 
care packages. They would come home 
for two-week breaks and all would en- 
joy the time as a united family. 

Their home is very comfortable and 
nice. George and Jane try to keep the 
American ways and norms of living for 
their children. Then when they return 
to the United States the adjustment is 
much easier. 

Because they do live in Africa, not 
everything can be completely Ameri- 
can. The days must be planned around 
many factors. The light plant is on 
from 7 to 12 a.m. and then from 6 to 
9 p.m. These are the only times there 
is any electricity, and then something 
may go wrong and there won't be any 
electricity. Also, your houseboy comes 
in at specified times, so only then can 
certain chores be done. 

Jane described a typical day on the 
station at Bozoum. They get up be- 
tween 5 and 6 a.m. "Since there is no 
electricity, we light kerosene lamps." 
Time is then spent in devotions and 
preparing for the classes she would 
teach that day. An inter-station broad- 
cast is made at 6;30. The transmitter is 
in their house, and George or Jane do 
the broadcasting. Plans for the day, 



new rules, itineraries, medical prob- 
lems, and requests are discussed among 
the stations on the broadcasts. 

Sometime before 7, they eat and 
then George leaves for work. Jane fre- 
quently has a 7 o'clock class to teach 
at the Bible Institute. Coffee break ar- 
rives in the mid-morning and Jane and 
George go home for this time. Many 
times Marie Mishler goes to their home 
and they chat over the events of the 
morning. 

The rest of the morning is spent in 
preparation for the day's meals. Ail 
water must be boiled and dishes 
cooked during the time the electricity 
is on. All prepared food is made from 
scratch. After lunch everyone takes a 
short rest time during the hottest time 
of the day. 

George returns to work and Jane re- 
mains to do things around the house. 
Sometimes Jane helps over at the print 
shop. She thinks it's "kind of neat" 
having her husband's work so close to 
their home. 

When she doesn't help at the print 
shop, jane studies or reads or writes 
letters or sews. Many people travel 
through the station, so Jane does 
much entertaining. These afternoons 
can be used to prepare for guests. 

Supper is eaten between 5:30 and 
6:00. It always gets dark around 6:00 
or 6: 1 5. The evenings are spent quietly 
in reading or studying. Usually the 
Peters are in bed by 9:30 or 10:00. 

This type of a day may not seem 



foreign missions 

too different from an average day in 
America, except for planning around 
the electricity. But there are problems 
unique to Africa. What happens when 
you step out into your front yard and 
fall into a large hole? Where did it 
come from? "Goats and pigs that run 
loose dig up our yard. There you are, 
happy as a lark, then you fall into one 
of the holes. Then you have to talk 
yourself into having a good day." 

Thieves are another problem. Jane 
revealed, "Some of the unsaved Afri- 
cans steal fruit or eggs right in front of 
us. They try to convince us that they 
don't think they're doing anything 
wrong." 

Eggs are very expensive ($2.00 a 
dozen). When someone steals your 
eggs, it's very frustrating. George and 
Jane raise a few chickens. It's a risky 
business, though, as a sickness often 
spreads and kills all the chickens in an 
area. 

Chicken is very rarely eaten. Pork is 
readily available since the Africans 
raise pigs. The missionaries have had 
barbecues where they roast half of a 
pig. A rotisserie was made from half of 
a metal barrel and other odds and 
ends. George Peters is the master bar- 
becue chef. 

Once a week they travel into the 
village for beef. However, many foods 
are not available there. Other shopping 
trips occur every four months. At 
these times flour, sugar, fuel, and 
other things are bought in huge quanti- 
ties. A missionary can't just run to the 
grocery store when she runs out of 



Mr. and Mrs. George Peters and sons 





something. The Africans bring produce 
around when it is in season. "They 
often bring squash, potatoes, and 
peanuts." 

The fruit trees in George and Jane's 
yard supply them with much fruit. 
Grapefruit, oranges, and lemons arc 
always good to eat. Jane docs a lot of 
canning to keep food on hand. 

Every Thursday is a special event 
for the missionaries. That's when the 
mail arrives. Sometimes the truck 
doesn't make it, and then it's almost a 
month before they receive any mail. 
Jane says, "We always look forward to 
Thursday." 

Many different experiences and 
routines take place in a missionary 
wife's life. Some are typical, some are 
not! "I enjoy this type of life," jane 
concluded. "And when I enjoy it, my 
family enjoys it. When they enjoy it, I 
enjoy it even more!" 

A missionary wife must be a very 
busy person. She seems to be several 
people rolled into one. Yes, she must 
be a very special person, indeed. And 
Jane Peters is one of them. 



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foreign missions 

c?V Word about finances 



Jesse Deloe 



"Money is never the problem." 
Have you heard that expression be- 
fore? When you're faced with your 
budget, your bills, and your income 
(especially at income tax time!), can 
you be convinced that, indeed, money 
is not the problem? 

Believers who live by faith, as they 
are commanded to do, must continual- 
ly learn the lesson that God's work is 
not limited by man's capacities. While 
it is true that we are to consider the 
cost of building and the resources for 
building before we begin construction, 
it is likewise true that the Chief 
Architect and Builder is also the 
Director of Finances. 

In Brethren Foreign Missions we arc 
completely dependent upon the provi- 
sion of God's people for our operating 
income. We have no money-making en- 
terprises; we don't sell (or give away) 
gimmicks to raise money; we don't 
employ fund-raisers. We do endeavor 



to inform our constituency of the op- 
portunities for involvement in mission- 
ary support, and we lay the needs be- 
fore our churches that way. But, we 
operate on what God provides through 
His people and nearly all our financial 
support comes from Brethren people. 

The Brethren Church has supported 
us in a wonderful way. Since 1961, 
our offerings have tripled from 
$346,780 to $1,090,777. The year 
1977 was the first that personal and 
church offerings totaled more than one 
million dollars ($990,000 general fund 
offerings and $94,000 project funds). 
(In 1975— our first million dollar year- 
one quarter of that million dollar in- 
come was in wills and estates.) 

The disturbing trend in the finan- 
cial picture is the vastly increased ex- 
penses — this year totali ng 
$1,070,800, not including special 
projects. That exceeded our income by 
more than $76,000, which, by the 
way, was slightly below the budget for 
the year. In light of that shortage and 
the expected continuing inflation, 
have we about reached the saturation 
point in offerings we can expect from 



Brethren people? No, a thousand 
times, no! 

Not only are God's resources un- 
limited. Brethren people have con- 
tinually demonstrated their support of 
the missionary enterprise by rising up 
to meet the needs year after year. 
When 20 new missionaries were an- 
nounced in 1977, our churches under- 
wrote the complete personalized sup- 
port for all 20! We still believe that as 
young people give themselves to this 
venture, our churches will stand be- 
hind them with prayer and finances. 

While many of our people have 
given generously to missions, few have 
really given sacrificially. Our standard 
of living, our inclination to leisure 
activity and equipment— boats, recre- 
ational vehicles, sporting equipment, 
and so forth— all testify to the fact 
that God has given us resources. Faith- 
ful commitment of those resources to 
His disposal will care for the needs of 
all our ministries and will enable us to 
buy up opportunities as personnel are 
made available. 

Thanks, Brethren, for your faith- 
fulness! 



RM/^nCIIM REPORT FOR 1977 

J^MUI^RY 1, 1977 TO D€aMB€R 31, 1977 



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ALLEGHENY DISTRICT 

Accident, Md $ 340.00 

Aleppo, Pa 598.75 

Boswell, Pa 1,093.00 

Coolville, Ohio 37.15 

Coraopolis, Pa 580.79 

Cumberland, Md 1,158.27 

Grafton, W. Va 1,764.48 

Jenners, Pa 2,755.02 

Listie, Pa 4,298.28 

Meyersdale, Pa 6,606.84 

Meyersdale, Pa. (Summit Mills) 1,472.73 

Parkersburg, W. Va 6,108.43 

Somerset, Pa 170.81 

Stoystown, Pa. (Reading) 934.15 

Uniontown, Pa 5,61 1.94 

Washington, Pa 4,047.20 



Westernport, Md. . . . 
Allegheny District . . 

FLORIDA DISTRICT 

Brooksville, Fla 

Clearwater, Fla 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

Fort Myers, Fla 

Lakeworth, Fla 

Maitland, Fla 

Okeechobee, Fla. . . . 

Orlando, Fla 

Pompano Beach, Fla. 
St, Petersburg, Fla. . . 
Florida District .... 



616.28 


519.81 


38,713.93 


148.50 


45.00 


8,585.15 


5,514.62 


324.00 


3,511.90 


1,060.87 


1,577.73 


602.92 


1,645.83 


18.00 


23,034.52 



foreign missions 

INDIANA DISTRICT 

Berne, Ind $ 

Clay City, Ind 

Elkhart, Ind 

Flora, Ind 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Grace) 

Goshen, Ind 

Indianapolis, Ind 

Kokomo, Ind. (Indian Heights) 

Kokomo, Ind. (North Kokomo) .... 

Leesburg, Ind 

Osceola, Ind 

Peru, Ind 

Sidney, Ind 

South Bend, Ind 

Warsaw, Ind 

Winona Lake, Ind 

Indiana District 

$ 
IOWA DISTRICT 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa $ 

Dallas Center, Iowa 

Davenport, Iowa 

Des Moines, Iowa 

Garwin, Iowa 

Leon, Iowa 

North English, Iowa 

Omaha, Nebr 

Waterloo, Iowa 

Winona, Minn 

Iowa District 

S 
MICHIGAN DISTRICT 

Alto, Mich $ 

Berrien Springs, Mich 

Hastings, Mich 

Jackson, Mich 

Lake Odessa, Mich 

Lansing, Mich 

New Troy, Mich 

Ozark, Mich 

Michigan District 

$ 11,937.20 
MID-ATLANTIC DISTRICT 

Alexandria, Va $ 2,689.58 

Chambersburg, Pa 730.50 

Hagerstown, Md. (Calvary) 2,208.49 

Hagerstown, Md. (Gay) 2,404.00 

Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 10,403.07 

Hagerstown, Md. (Maranatha) 2,986.61 

Lanham, Md. (First) 5,562.38 

Martinsburg, W. Va 5,381.01 

Seven Fountains, Va 300.00 

Temple Hills, Md. (Grace) 3,600.00 

Virginia Beach, Va 889.24 

Waynesboro, Pa 5,476.86 

Winchester, Va 9,428.28 

Mid-Atlantic District 57.00 

$ 52,117.02 



10,361.06 


135.00 


3,895.18 


3,041.25 


10,562.80 


1,058.14 


3,000.05 


1,591.66 


1,942.20 


213.00 


3,844.52 


8,541.12 


4,792.87 


6,405.89 


9,182.29 


13,172.56 


22,132.30 


81.44 


103,953.33 


1,568.40 


3,591.64 


846.16 


47.00 


6,619.50 


2,743.68 


788.80 


191.65 


8,357.27 


165.00 


200.00 


25,119.10 


5,975.82 


127.88 


157.50 


1 80.00 


1,613.50 


395.70 


3,230.80 


230.00 


26.00 



NORTHERN ATLANTIC DISTRICT 

Bethlehem, Pa $ 

Dillsburg, Pa 

Elizabethtown, Pa 

Harrisburg, Pa 

Hatboro, Pa 

Hope, N. J 

Lancaster, Pa 

Lancaster, Pa. (Southern) 

Lititz, Pa 

Manheim, Pa 

Mt. Laurel, N. J 

Myerstown, Pa 

New Holland, Pa 

Palmyra, Pa 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 

Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 

Telford, Pa 

Wrightsville, Pa 

York, Pa 

Northern Atlantic District 

$ 

NOR-CAL DISTRICT 

Chico, Calif $ 

Grass Valley, Calif 

Modesto, Calif. (Big Valley) 

Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) 

Ripon, Calif 

Sacramento, Calif 

San Jose, Calif 

Tracy, Calif 

Nor-Cal District 

$ 
NORTHCENTRAL OHIO DISTRICT 

Ankenytown, Ohio $ 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 

Ashland, Ohio (Southview) 

Bowling Green, Ohio 

Columbus, Ohio 

Columbus, Ohio (East Side) 

Danville, Ohio 

Delaware, Ohio 

Findlay, Ohio 

Fremont, Ohio (Chapel) 

Fremont, Ohio (Grace) 

Gallon, Ohio 

Grove City, Ohio (Southwest) 

Lexington, Ohio 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 

Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville) 

Pataskala, Ohio 

Northcentral Ohio District 

$ 
NORTHE ASTERN OHIO DISTRICT 

Akron, Ohio (Fairlawn) $ 

Akron, Ohio (First) 

Canton, Ohio 

Cleveland, Ohio (Lyndhurst) 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 

Elyria, Ohio 



226.00 


1,559.72 


5,912.56 


6,656.29 


3,229.21 


298.50 


13,100.35 


1,391.49 


5,204.92 


3,414.11 


1,141.97 


12,066.27 


4,503.59 


3,707.50 


6,241.83 


5,877.48 


12,255.25 


873.10 


6,522.00 


142.00 


94,324.14 


572.34 


589.20 


923,26 


11,725.20 


2,056.50 


914.06 


1,407.54 


75.00 


1,009.00 


19,272.10 


811.82 


15,457,50 


2,070.39 


20.00 


36,785,34 


4,826.06 


1,009.11 


160.00 


1,212,17 


832.20 


14,212.73 


1,800.50 


631,00 


2,995.29 


9,650.08 


5,265.31 


1,428.23 


29.00 - 


99,196.73 3 


o 


644.50 ;:^ 


7,300,50 3- 


6,144.37 S 


686.93 9. 


2,240.68 ?- 
1,234,35 9 



foreign missions 

Homerville, Ohio 

Middlebranch, Ohio 

Minerva, Ohio 

Norton, Ohio 

Rittman, Ohio 

Sterling, Ohio 

Wooster, Ohio 

Northeastern Ohio District 

$ 

NORTHWEST DISTRICT 

Albany, Oreg $ 

Beaverton, Oreg 

Goldendale, Wash 

Grandview, Wash 

Harrah, Wash 

Kenai, Alasl<a 

Kent, Wash 

IViabton, Wash 

Prosser, Wash 

Spokane, Wash 

Sunnyside, Wash 

Toppenish, Wash 

Troutdale, Oreg 

Yal<ima, Wash 

Northwest District 

$ 

^' '^' TAIN REGION DISTRICT 
Albuquerque, N. Mex. (Heights) .... $ 

Albuquerque, N. Mex. (Valley) 

Arvada, Colo 

Beaver City, Nebr 

Colorado Springs, Colo 

Counselor, N.Mex 

Denver, Colo 

Longview, Tex 

Portis, Kans 

Taos, N.Mex 

Rocky Mountain Region District .... 



8,955.82 
11,719.61 

1,207.83 

3,026.13 
12,470.63 

2,681.22 
36,648.39 

-0- 
94,960.96 



696.10 

972.00 

192.75 

1,444.08 

4,125.90 

1,043.77 

3,386.22 

918.89 

40.00 

386.41 

8,049.73 

1,441.77 

1,762.22 

3,042.48 

20.00 

27,522.32 



1,151.25 
223.00 
1,107.50 
490.03 
307.56 
1,465.31 
2,297.65 
355.00 
3,288.03 
1,666.87 
15.00 
$ 12,367.20 



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SOUTHEAST DISTRICT 

Aiken, S.C $ 334.50 

Anderson, S.C 221.48 

Atlanta, Ga 2,445.78 

Boones Mill, Va 100.00 

Buena Vista, Va 4,551.57 

Covington, Va 3,656.15 

Johnson City, Tenn 635.17 

Radford, Va 127.26 

Richmond, Va 957.45 

Riner, Va 159.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Clearbrook) 964.55 

Roanoke, Va. (Garden City) 1,335.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 5,797.03 

Roanoke, Va. (Patterson Memorial) . . 2,541.57 

Roanoke, Va. (Washington Heights) . . 824.50 

Salem, Va. (Wildwood) 5.00 

Telford, Tenn 3,118.71 

Willis, Va 150.00 

Southeast District 366.61 

$ 28,291.33 



SO. CALIF. -ARIZ. DISTRICT 

Anaheim, Calif $ 2,035.16 

Beaumont, Calif 8,905.94 

Bell, Calif 1,998.18 

Bellf lower, Calif 11,546.81 

Cypress, Calif 3,745.80 

Fillmore, Calif 48.00 

Glendale, Calif 153.50 

Glendora, Calif 605.50 

Goleta, Calif 260.57 

Hemet, Calif 217.94 

La Verne, Calif 1,458.27 

Lakewood, Calif 20.00 

Long Beach, Calif. (Community) .... 4,516.15 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) 45,608.00 

Long Beach, Calif. (North) 35,410.71 

Long Beach, Calif. (Los Altos) 5,016.24 

Los Angeles, Calif. (Community) .... 1,449.30 

Montclair, Calif 780.00 

Norwalk, Calif 3,357.58 

Orange, Calif 8,372.50 

Phoenix, Ariz. (Grace) 3,578.33 

Phoenix, Ariz. (Northwest) ....... 266.73 

Rialto, Calif 1,484.65 

San Bernardino, Calif 1,892.85 

San Diego, Calif 1,823.96 

San Ysidro, Calif 404.45 

Santa Maria, Calif 641.40 

Seal Beach, Calif 3,079.83 

Simi, Calif 8,554.05 

South Pasadena, Calif 1,192.75 

Temple City, Calif 481.30 

Tucson, Ariz 615.00 

West Covina, Calif 520.00 

Westminster, Calif 1,818.98 

Whittier, Calif. (Community) 26,595.76 

Whittier, Calif. (First) 16,926.44 

So. Calif.-Ariz. District 490.65 

$ 205,873.28 
SOUTHERN OHIO DISTRICT 

Brookville, Ohio $ 8,071.00 

Camden, Ohio 393.88 

Centerville, Ohio 1,090.00 

Clayhole, Ky 95.00 

Clayton, Ohio 1,668.00 

Covington, Ohio 573.23 

Dayton, Ohio (Basore Road) 816.17 

Dayton, Ohio (First) 15,312.60 

Dayton, Ohio (Huber Heights) 2,038.24 

Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) .... 11,986.58 

Dayton, Ohio (Patterson Park) 1,568.04 

Dryhill, Ky 25.00 

Eaton, Ohio 85.00 

Englewood, Ohio 8,966.98 

Kettering, Ohio 1,721.33 

Sinking Spring, Ohio 916.00 

Trotwood, Ohio 1,169.50 

Troy, Ohio 611.29 

Union, Ohio 1,829.49 

Vandalia, Ohio 1,413.97 

West Alexandria, Ohio 67.96 

Southern Ohio District 4.70 

S 60,423.96 



)reign missions 

fESTERN PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT 

itoona. Pa. (First) $ 

Itoona, Pa. (Grace) 

rmagh. Pa 

onemaugh. Pa 

onemaugh. Pa. (Pike) 

onemaugh. Pa. (Singer Hill) 

uncansville, Pa 

verett, Pa 

oliicdaysburg. Pa. (Vicksburg) 

opewell. Pa 

idiana. Pa 

jhnstown. Pa. (First) 

jhnstown. Pa. (Geistown) 

Dhnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 

ittanning. Pa. (First) 

ittanning. Pa. (North Buffalo) 

lartinsburg. Pa 





Milroy, Pa 




180 00 


2,010.25 


Western Pennsylvania District .... 




191.50 


2,690.05 

774.56 

9,382.52 


MISCELLANEOUS 


$ 


100,832.61 


12,644.72 


Akron, Ohio (Hillwood Chapel) . . 


. . $ 


1,110.00 


4 982.90 


Aiea, Hawaii 




694 00 


8 226.38 


Wahiawa Hawaii 




1 564.72 


6,891.63 


Estates 




601.02 


5,030.76 


Grace Schools 




180.00 


699.55 


National Laymen 




1 000 00 


1,740.85 


National SIVIIVl 




625.00 


13,294.71 


National WIViC 




19,679.69 


457.57 


Puerto Rico 




175.32 


7,508.00 


National IViiscellaneous 




61,228.77 
86,858.52 


10,850.41 
3,552.91 




$ 


9,723.34 


Total 


. . $1,084,798.25 



IXTY-FNG ChtURCh+eS GXCCGD 

t5,000 in GNIMG 



Long Beach, Calif. (First) 


S 45,608.00 


Columbus, Ohio 


36,785.34 


Wooster, Ohio 


36 648 39 


Long Beach, Calif. (North) 


35,410.71 


Whittier, Calif. (Community) .... 


26,595.76 


Winona Lake, Ind 


22 132.30 


Whittier, Calif. (First) 


16,926.44 


Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 


15,457.50 


Dayton, Ohio (First) 


15,312.60 


Fremont, Ohio (Grace) 


14,212.73 


Johnstown, Pa. (First) 


13,294.71 


Warsaw, Ind 


13,172.56 


Lancaster, Pa 


13,100.35 


Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 


12,644.72 


Rittman, Ohio 


12,470.63 


Telford, Pa 


12,255.25 


Myerstown, Pa 


12,066.27 


Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) . . 


11,986.58 


Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) 


11,725.20 


Middlebranch, Ohio 


11,719.61 


Bellflower, Calif 


11,546.81 


Kittanning, Pa. (First) 


10,850.41 


Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 


10,562.80 


Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 


10,403.07 


Berne, Ind 


10,361.06 


Martinsburg, Pa 


9,723.34 


Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 


9,650.08 


Winchester, Va 


9,428.28 


Conemaugh, Pa 


9,382.52 


South Bend, Ind 


9,182.29 


Englewood, Ohio 


8,966.98 


Homerville, Ohio 


8 955 82 


Beaumont, Calif 


8,905.94 


Fort Lauderdale, Fla 


8,585.15 


Simi, Calif 


8,554.05 


Osceola, Ind 


8,541.12 


Orange, Calif 


8,372.50 


Waterloo, Iowa 


8,357.27 


Duncansville, Pa 


8,226.38 


Brookville, Ohio 


8,071.00 


Sunnyside, Wash 


8,049.73 



42. Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) . . 

43. Akron, Ohio (First) 

44. Everett, Pa 

45. Harrisburg, Pa 

46. Garwin, Iowa 

47. Meyersdale, Pa 

48. York, Pa 

49. Sidney, Ind 

50. Philadelphia, Pa. (First) . . . . 

51. Canton, Ohio 

52. Parkersburg, W. Va 

53. Alto, Mich 

54. Elizabethtown, Pa 

55. Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) .... 

56. Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 

57. Uniontown, Pa 

58. Lanham, Md. (First) 

59. Fort Myers, Fla 

60. Waynesboro, Pa 

61. Martinsburg, W. Va 

62. Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville) . 

63. Lititz, Pa. ■ 

64. Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vicksburg) 

65. Long Beach, Calif. (Los Altos) 



7,508.00 
7,300.50 
6,891.63 
6,656.29 
6,619.50 
6,606.84 
6,522.00 
6,405.89 
6,241.83 
6,144.37 
6,108.43 
5,975.82 
5,912.56 
5,877.48 
5,797.03 
5,611.94 
5,S62.38 
5,514.62 
5,476.86 
5,381.01 
5,265.31 
5,204.92 
5,030.76 
5,016.24 



Miss Florence Bickel, who served the Lord 
for 35 years in the Central African Empire, 
went to be with her Saviour February 26, 
1978. Miss Bickel was 89 years old and had 
experienced failing health for several months. 
Memorial services were held February 28 at 
the Winona Lake Brethren Church. Future 
issues of the Herald will contain more in- 
formation. 



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From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

r The Grace Brethren Church of Lititz, Pa., is taking steps 
toward the beginning of a Christian school as part of their 
ministry. 

L All ladies of the church and the community were wel- 
come at a series of six two-hour seminars sponsored by the 
First Brethren Church of Wooster, Ohio. The sessions, held 
on six consecutive Mondays, were based on Proverbs 31 and 
were titled, "Woman, You're Priceless." Mrs. James Ken- 
nedy, from the Fairlawn Grace Brethren Church of Akron, 
Ohio, was the teacher for the seminar which included topics 
such as femininity, fashions, homemaking, and marital hap- 
piness. 

G As of March 1, Pastor Ron Thompson assumed the pas- 
torate at the Patterson Memorial Brethren Church of 
Brethren Church of Richmond, Va. 

Pastor Kurt Miller accepted a call to the Richmond, Va., 
church and began March 1. Mr. Miller had been the part- 
time pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Hopewell, 
Pa. His new address is: 10909 Lucks Lane, Richmond, Va. 
23235. 

□ Miami (EP)— Churches frequently pick the wrong kind of 
teacher for Sunday schools, according to an Arizona clergy- 
man who is president of a Bible film production house. 

The criteria for teaching church school should be love of 
God and love of people wno want to learn. Dr. Larry 
Richards told the Gold Coast Sunday School Association 
here. 

The former Wheaton College professor said churches 
should not use the public schools as a model in selecting 
teachers. "In our public schools, the teacher is the authori- 
ty by virtue of his knowledge. So, in Sunday School, we 
think that if a person knows a lot about the Bible, he 
therefore is qualified to teach," Dr. Richards said. 

"But in Scripture, the teacher is the one who knows the 
reality of what he is teaching," he continued. "His relation- 
ship with the learner is one of closeness, friendship. He 
shares his own experience and gets a response to what he is 
teaching." 



Washington, D.C. (EP) — Resolutions calling for affirma- 
tive action to overcome sex and violence in television and 
radio programming and establishing guidelines in fund- 
raising accountability were adopted at the thirty-fourth 
annual convention of the National Religious Broadcasters 
(NRB) here. 

Three "phases" are proposed to arrest the "deterioration 
of moral and ethical values" in the "morality in broadcasting 
action" resolution: "Greater exercise of family television 
and radio control"; "positive action" (including contacting 
local stations registering both disapproval and approval, 
where appropriate); and "accountability of sponsors." 

The Grace Brethren Bible Church of Summit Hills, 
Puerto Rico, has elected Rev. Maxwell Brenneman as pastor 
emeritus. Rev. Kelvin Morales has assumed the pastorate of 
the church. 

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for 
the generous gifts to help our church on the road to re- 
covery. Our members who suffered losses deeply appreciate 
the financial help. Our hearts are overflowing with appre- 
ciation. We have recently started the work that needs to be 
done in the basement. It will be a while before we even 
think about remodeling the kitchen."— C/7ar/es M. Martin, 
pastor, First Brettiren Churcfi, Jolinstown, Pa. 



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Hearty congratulations to, and may Gods blessings rest always 
upon, these new families who |oin the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six-month free subscription to the Herald is given to 
newlyweds whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

Deborah Roberts and Michael Miller, Grace Brethren 
Church, Lexington, Ohio. 

Amy Ford and Marty Campbell, Grace Brethren Church, 
Lexington, Ohio. 

Judy Witzky and Roy Boggs, Grace Brethren Church, Lex- 
ington, Ohio. 

Joyce Bonham and Richard Lehman, Grace Brethren 
Church, Lexington, Ohio. 

Cindy Smith and Joel Artz, Nov. 19, Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Tammy Secoges and Paul Roark, Jr., Nov. 26, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Vanessa Myer and Jake Marinkov, Dec. 10, Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Anita Walter and Joe Heisey, Dec. 23, Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Flores, Jan. 21, Grace Brethren Church, 
Yakima, Wash. 



change your annual 

George F. Wilhelm, new phone - 213/693-5151 . . . Nelson 
E. Hall, Chimney Rock, P.O. Box 455, Winona, Minn. 
55987 . . . Clifford Coffman, 91-779 Ft. Weaver Rd., Ewa 
Beach, Hawaii 96706 . . . Grace Brethren Church of Hope- 
well, Pa., mailing address - P.O. Box 45, Riddlesburg, Pa. 



D Chaplain 
(Capt.) James T. 
Elwell, USAF, 
has been assigned 
to the island of 
Guam and began 
his responsibili- 
ties there Feb. 1, 
1978. Chaplain 
Elwell had been 
stationed at Sey- 
mour Johnson 
Air Force Base in 
Goldsboro, N.C. 
Shown with 
Chaplain Elwell 
are his wife, 
Cyndy, and chil- 
dren: Amy and 
Ken. 



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D Trenton, N.J. (EP)— The New Jersey Senate unanimously 
approved a bill mandating a period of silent meditation in 
New Jersey's public schools. 

The bill, passed by a vote of 28-0 without debate, would 
direct homeroom teachers in the state's 2,500 public 
schools to conduct a brief ceremony of silent meditation 
at the beginning of each school day. All students would be 
required to participate. 

Gov. Brendan Byrne has not indicated whether he will 
sign the bill. The silent meditation measure was passed by 
a vote of 26-5 by the State Assembly last February and had 
been held in Senate committee since. 

r WITH stands for Women in the Home at the North Long 
Beach Brethren Church in Long Beach, Calif. WITH is a 
program of classes designed to train and educate women in 
God's standards set in Proverbs 31. "Philosophy of Chris- 
tian Womanhood," "Effective Time Management," and 
"Techniques of Sharing Your Faith" are three of the six 
courses being offered this spring. 

A "Question and Answer" period is now a part of the 
Sunday evening service at Bellflower Brethren Church in 
Bellflower, Calif. Questions can be submitted after any serv- 
ice, but must be written on a card to be given to an usher. 
Any question which cannot be answered briefly during the 
service will be answered later by the pastor personally. 



AHLBORN, L. Blanche, 73, Feb. 2, a member of the 
Gleaner's Sunday School class of the First Brethren Church 
of Johnstown, Pa. Charles M. Martin, pastor. 
COWAN, Lesley, 26, Jan. 19, member of the First Brethren 
Church of Johnstown, Pa., for 16 years. Charles M. Martin, 
pastor. 

PALMER, Harry, Jan. 1, charter member of the First Breth- 
ren Church, Wooster, Ohio. Mr. Palmer was the church's 
first treasurer, serving for 14 years. Kenneth Ashman, 
pastor. 

n A new minister of Christian education has been called by 
the Basore Road Grace Brethren Church of Dayton, Ohio. 
Rev. Philip Steele began his ministry February 21, follow- 
ing a part-time position as minister of youth at the Center- 
ville Grace Brethren Church. Mr. Steele was formerly a 
member of the First Brethren Church of Dayton, and is a 
graduate of Florida Bible College. 

Albany, N.Y. (EP)-A bill that would reinstate the death ■ 
penalty for "most intentional murders," with provisions for 
"mitigating circumstances," has been introduced in the 
New York Assembly. A similar bill is expected in the 
Senate. 

The Senate measure is essentially the same one passed 
last year by the Assembly and Senate, but vetoed by Gov. 
Hugh Carey. 



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hoping to help in Christian ed, youth, and church growt 





If you've been to Winona Lake, you know already it's 
not your basic New York City. 

It's small, and not really headquarters for the Fellow- 
ship of Grace Brethren Churches. 

Headquarters for your church is right there at your 
church. 

And we all like it that way. 

But we at Christian Education are delighted to be a 
service and ministry department of our Fellowship— to 
provide helps, to coordinate, to lead and suggest. 

In doing that, we work together with our brothers 
and sisters in the small world of FGBC. 

Some of you have bought some of the office furni- 
ture for us. The WMC nationally helps pay the salary of 
Judy Ashman, an assistant director with us, for SMM. 

The Board of Evangelism doesn't grow fat with its 
offerings, but has helped us significantly with "Operation 
Barnabas" and church growth seminars. We really appre- 
ciate that! 

The Herald is our landlord, and has helped with many 
literature needs, recently sharing books for Brethren 
Student Life Volunteers— teens committed to full-time 
Christian ministries for a living. 

Brethren Foreign Missions and Home Missions are 
two partners with us in the TIME program, which is 
mushrooming for God. 

We also work closely with Foreign Missions and Grace 
Schools to come up with Ac'cent, the award-winning 
and eye-catching magazine for our youth. Grace, of 
course, is the school we most recommend for Christian 
liberal arts or seminary. 

Ed's father is pastor at Virginia Beach (that's not his 
TV station there, I don't think), Ginny's father pastors 
at Altoona, and Judy's at Winona Lake. 

We all need each other. 

We're on the same team. 
p And mostly we need you. You there at headquarters. 
^ We ask your prayers, gifts, suggestions, and responses to 
^ what we're doing. 
~© The world of the Lord is huge. 
^ The community of Christians in the world is growing 
6» and exciting. 
^ _ And if we all work together, our fellowship can have 
MTwan even greater part in what God is doing in His world. 



CO 



GBC Christian Education' 
Director of SiVIM, 
Judy Ashman, 
with some of her 
special people 



GBC Christian Education 

Box 365 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Executive Director: Pastor Knute Larson 
Director of Youth Ministries: Ed Lewis 




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^^ 



We're inviting you to remember us in a 
special way these two months. We need 
your offerings to help in our expanding 
ministries at Christian Education. 

Please mark your gifts "Christian Ed- 
ucation." The money will help change 
lives and make ministries happen and 
inform churches and share with pastors. 

It's a good way to spend your spring! 

And thank you! 



christian education 



ith the=: 



»to 



fall—visiting the same church one we< 
end a month for three consei 
months— building relation 
ships. - , 

Timothy Teams mean out- 
Teach, youth wort, training 




w. puppet and music groups, 
1— manual chores and church 
I services. 

Another goal— to develop youn| 
vAn^ople for full-time Christiaif 

ice. Timothy Team people 
wiU be members of BSLV, 



implementation of 
a new program such 
You \ ^-^ a.s*his, 
•are an important \/ \ finances ar 

part of this picture. Contact the h^always an 
Christian Education office / important need. As 

about your financial as a step of faith the Christian_ 

well as prayer support of Education office is asking -_ 

this investment in the for $10,000 by August 1978. 

church leaders of This Will provide a 

tomorrow, much-needed, 15-passenger 



, van and sound equiprnen^ 
"f&r the teams. 





June 15— Brethren National Youth Conference registration DEADLINE 
August 1 1-12 — "Pre-Session" for youth conference counselors and staff, Upland 
August 12-19 - Brethren National Youth Conference, Upland, Ind. 



Ind. 



January 22-26, 1979 



The second biannual D-DAYS, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Districts — Deciding About Youth Sessions — for 
representatives of District Youth Comnnittees. 



YOUTH- DAl^S 
TO l^€M€MB^R 




Brethren National Youth Conference 

Upland, Indiana Theme "Second-Mile Lifestyle" 

(Matt. 5:41-42a) 
40th Anniversary of Youth Conference! 

* Roy Roberts— Brethren pastor, widely acclaimed youth speaker 

* Ken Overstreet— great youth communicator, Director of San Diego YFC 

* Jill Briscoe— author, speaker, former youth leader in a coffee house ministry 

* Strong Brethren emphasis featuring the work and persons of our various boards 

* A varied schedule of activities with a full recreation program and special features 

* Lots of Christian fellowship 

* Cost of $115 covers lodging, meals and program costs for seven days 



JANUARY SUNDAY SCHOOL CONTEST 



Church 

Myerstown, Pa. 
Bellflower, Calif, 
Lititz, Pa. 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) 
Ankenytown, Ohio 
Okeechobee, Fla. 
North Lauderdale, Fla 
Kenai, Alaska 
Aiken, S.C. 
North Kokomo, Ind. 
No one qualified 



I 



Pastor 

Luke E. Kauffman 
Edwin Cashman 
Jerry Young 

Marvin Lowery 
Howard M. Snively 
Charles Davis 
Jack Peters, Jr. 
Ed Jackson 
Steve W. Taylor 
William Smith 



Superintendent 

Guy Brightbill 
Jim Dunn 
Jay Ruhl 

Jerry Varner 

Steve Roger 
Durwood Brooks 
John Snyder 
Tom Ridenour 



• Average attendance of all reporting Sunday 
Schools'-January, 1977-160; January, 
1978-147. 

• Growth index based on 160 reporting churches: 
January, 1977 weekly average attendance-25,540 
January. 1978 weekly average atiendance-23,540 
Net Loss in reporting churches-2,000 persons or 
down 7.8 percent 

• Summary 

42 churches regisiered increases totaling-931 
1 14 churches registered losses iotaling-,2,931 
Largest numerical increase— Modesto, Calif. (Big 
J Valley) 

Largest percentage increase- Kokomo. Ind. (North) 

'The larger the number of reporting churches, the 
more accurately the figures will represent the church 
growth picture of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches. We urge the total support of the churches of 
the FGBC in this computer evaluated churah growth 
analysis which is provided free of charge to churches 
al the Fellowship by the Christian Education Depart-, 
menL I 

• Record attendance North Lauderdale. Fla. -291 



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christian education 




An alive adult class 



y 




We really are sold on good 
warm relationships of our Lord's 
love happening among people in 
the Sunday School classes and 
local church adult Bible Fellow- 
ships. 

Recently we featured some of 
the adult classes at Whittier. Now 
meet the "Roaring 20s" class at 
Grace Brethren Church, West 
Main, Ashland, Ohio. 

Jack Smelker, who has helped 
as class leader, responded to our 
questions: 

Jack, what in the world is a 
"Roaring 20s"? 

"Roaring 20s" is an adult 
Bible fellowship group at GBC 
made up of people between the 
ages of 25 and 30. We used to 
include 20 to 30, but recently we 
started another class for the 
younger. 

The primary purpose of 
"Roaring 20s" is to meet to 
study the Bible. But a second 
objective is to be a group or 
springboard for spontaneous out 
of-class friendships and ministries 
to each other. The "20s" is for 
relationships around the Bible. 





At the Start of National Con- 




ference: 




GBC Christian Ed 




Convention 




August 11-13, 1978 




Winona Lake, Indiana 


00 


Children's Ministries Specials, 




Pastoral Problems Workshops 


E 


AND 


'- 


Awarding of the CE 


"^ 


. . ."Church of the Year" 


o 

Is, 


. . ."Sunday School of the Year" 


& 


. . ."Senior Medal of Ministry" 


16 


. . ."Educator of the Year" 





Who keeps it going? 

A teacher and a class leader. 
The teacher prepares and leads 
the Bible studies Sunday morn- 
ings—we meet the second hour 
and go to worship the first hour. 

The class leader is in charge of 
making announcements and wel- 
coming new people on Sundays. 
But his larger job is helping call 
on new people and get them to 
the class and encourage them to 
attend the socials. A class leader 
helps prepare a calendar for 
special events and socials for 
each year. 

We assign the leadership posi- 
tions so the different people can 
help have input. 

A social chairman is in charge 
of planning and carrying out 
socials— which really are to help 
people to get to know each other 
better so they can help each 
other more! 

What do you study, and how? 

We change topics as they're 
selected by the coordinators of 
Sunday School, and prepared by 
Associate Pastor John Teevan. 
Along with other adult classes, 
we get a handout each week to 
help with discussion and follow- 
up. 

We particularly like to break 
up into small discussion groups 
during the Sunday morning class. 
This gives a chance to meet 
others on a smaller basis and 
share insights about the topic. 
Everyone gets to look into the 
Bible and share conclusions and 
ask questions this way. 



How do you get people to 
come? 

Of course there are general in- 
vitations. But most people come 
when they're invited by someone 
and introduced to others at the 
class. 

Our attendance runs in the 
twenties and thirties, and a lot of 
our people are teaching or 
helping with children's church 
now. 

New people who begin attend- 
ing church are called or visited 
and invited to attend class or one 
of the socials. Older class mem- 
bers who have not been attend- 
ing are contacted to see if they 
have any problems or gripes. 

What do you do at the socials? 
—you mentioned that as it is a 
prominant part of the class 
fellowship. 

Socials are monthly. This past 
year we've had the following: 
Progressive Dinner, Sundae Social, 
Blue Dessert Social, Picnic, 
Swimming Party, Pizza Party, 
Bicycling, Kite Flying, 
New Year's Eve Party, "Bigger 

and Better" Party. 

They're really an excuse to get 
together and relax with each 
other so we can study the Bible 
better and help each other more. 
But they're really fun! 

Does the class sponsor any- 
thing else? 

Men can participate on either 
Monday or Friday morning break- 
fast to help disciple each other 
and grow together. The women 
have a Bible study on their own 
every other week in the morning. 



christian education 




Women also get together once 
a month in a WMC program, and 
recently they have been helping 
each other with child discipline. 

A lot of our men go to the 
open gym night Monday evenings, 
when we rent a grade school gym. 
The girls have this twice a month, 
too. 

What are some of your minis- 
try projects? 

Of course individuals are en- 
couraged to have a ministry in 
the church and gradually more of 
us are getting involved. 

But in the class, when people 
are sick or just had a new baby, 
we prepare meals for them. We 
also help other members in the 
class with moving, painting, snow- 
shoveling. In the past few months, 
we have set up a sharing program 
—anyone who wishes to share 
furniture, stove, or clothes can 
sign a sheet, and so can those 
who have needs. And we try to 
get them together. 

Thanks, Jack. Your class is a 
model for other adult classes. 
Maybe more of us can head that 
direction. 

Thank you. We enjoy it! 



In an adult class . . . 

This YOU Can Do! 

If you are a part of an adult class, and that class is not all it is supposed 
to be, by your standards or the leader's, here are some things you may 
want to be doing right away at the appropriate time: 

1. Keep going. God has given you a burden to help get better sense of 
love in the class— by all means do not betray that burden by giving up. 

2. Talk to the class leader or teacher— whoever Is most responsible for 
the mood and ministry of the class— and share your concern and your 
negative feelings. Tell your hopes. 

Then, and step 3, is most important, tell him you want to help and ask 
what you can do, 

3. Sit toward the front of the class, after asking someone if the chairs 
can be turned to a more comfortable "discussable" format. Often when 
tables are used or when the chairs are put in a semi-circle, people relate 
and discuss and talk a lot better. 

4. Ask questions in class. Make the teacher say what he meant by that 
when he gives something you did not follow. 

5. Share something of your life soon. When there is the time for 
personal sharing, or when the leader asks for prayer requests, or ways to 
apply the lesson, share something of a struggle you may be having. It just 
may be the start of honest sharing by others in the group. 

6. Don't be afraid to say, "I don't know." Especially if you don't 
know. 

7. Prepare your lesson ahead of time . . . especially if you are the 
teacher! But also if you are the student! Do at least some reading and 
some thinking about the gist of the lesson, so that you can get more out of 
it and put more into it in class. 

8. Ask the leader if you can prepare one small point of the lesson next 
week, then get at least two others involved in a way to present that part of 
the teaching. The more who get involved at least in parts of the lesson, the 
more interest there will be. 

9. Bring a friend next week. Start with someone in the church service 
audience, someone who does not now attend. Introduce them around at 
class or take them to a social. 

10. Pray daily for the class. The last is first. 

11. Call someone In the class who is going through a special need right 
now. Share your empathy and your willingness to pray. 

12. Do not be surprised if it takes a while for warmth to come. But 
expect it for sure. 

13. When someone Indicates a frustration, weakness, or need in class, 
help them say more. Often we get embarrassed if someone cries, instead 
of helping them say more. 

14. Help plan a really fun, relaxed social, just to get to know each other 
informally. A progressive dinner in four homes could involve many people. 
(Be sure to gang up in cars and trade around as you leave each house.) 



International 


Their clinics (6 hours, $20) and 
seminars (12 hours, $39) are being 


CLINIC 

- Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 




held now in many places. They're 


Fri.-Sat., March 17, 18 


Center 


great and can't be "second-handed." 


SEMINARS 


You have to feel it to be sold on it! 


— Long Beach, Calif. (First) 




Three churches in our Fellowship 


Thurs.-Sat., April 13-15 


for 


are hosting: 


— Columbus, Ohio (Grace) 




Thurs.-Sat, May 18-20 


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January 22, 1978 — the congregation of First Brethren Church of 
Long Beach, California voted unanimously to change the name of 
the church and schools to . . . 



GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH 



of Long Beach, California 



Reasons: 

1. Closer association with 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches. 

2. Impact of the word "First" 
upon sister churches. 

3. Unity of ministries around 
the word "Grace." 

4. Broader base of support and 
involvement for schools. 



RADIOBROADCAST— "SOUNDS OF GRACE" 
Monday through Friday - Teaching verse by verse 
through the books of the Bible with outlines available 
for personal study. Tapes available on several books of 
the Bible — ask for "AUDIO BIBLE CURRICULUM." 
Credit available through Grace Bible Institute. 

KGER 1390 AM — 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. 
Long Beach, CA 

KDAR 98 FM — 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. 
Oxnard, CA 



and GRACE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS 

including: Brethren Elementary Schools 
Brethren High School 

Superintendent: Douglas Westfall 



GRACE BIBLE INSTITUTE 

B.A. in Bible and Christian Education 
B.Th. and Certificates 
Dean: Keith Essex, M.Th. 

GRACE GRADUATE SCHOOL 

M.A., D.Min., and Ph.D. degrees 
in Biblical Studies, Church Growth, 
and Christian School Administration 
President: Robert S. McBirnie, Ph.D. 

For information write: 

REGISTRAR 

3625 Atlantic Ave. 
Long Beach, CA 90807 



News of the church and its schools can be received 
in the biweekly publication called 

"GRACE FAMILY NEWS" . 

For your free copy, write to: 

Grace Family News 
3601 Linden Ave. 
Long Beach, CA 90807 



Dr. David L. Hocking 

Senior Pastor 
Radio Bible Teacher 




(Copy for this page prepared and submitted by tfie Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, California.) 



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President- 
Mrs. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., Souderton, Pa. 18964 

1st Vice President- 
Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

2nd Vice President- 
Mrs. Walter Fretz, 41 3 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, ind. 46590 

Secretary- 
Mrs. Sally Neely, 565 Stonyridge Ave., Troy, Ohio 45373 

Assistant Secretary— 

Mrs. Tom Miller, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. (All checks payable to Brethren National WMC.) 

Assistant Financial-Secretary— 

Mrs. Tom Inman, 2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 
80910 

Literature Secretary- 
Mrs. Lloyd Fish, R. R. 8, Box 196, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Editor- 
Mrs, Noel Hoke, 700 Robson Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Prayer Chairman- 
Mrs. Harold Etiing, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 




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Building a new home this year? If that is a priority, 
you are much aware of the increased costs of construc- 
tion. If building is not a current project, let me share 
that the costs are staggering. As an extended project for 
Foreign Missions, the WMC has chosen to share in the 
construction of a new residence for missionaries during 
their stay in Winona Lake. Our goal for this year is 
$6,500. 



^ The poster on page 21 of this issue is for your 
use on a WMC bulletin board or display case during 
this offering period. 



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MAY 1978 



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(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 26 and 27 
of the 1978 Grace Brethren Annual.) 



AFRICA 

Mrs. Larry L. Pfahler May 1 7 

ARGENTINA 

Michael Andrew Hoyt May 8, 1975 

Kathryn Ann Hoyt May 13, 1974 

Philip Anthony Hoyt May 16, 1971 

BRAZIL 

Mrs. Earle C. Hodgdon May 13 

Mrs. Ernest H. Bearinger May 15 

EUROPE 

Mrs. John C. Pappas May 1 

Mrs. Larry A. DeArmey May 5 

Mr. Larry A. DeArmey May 9 

Mrs. David W. Shargel May 23 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Maria Elza Schwartz May 5, 1971 



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Staring at the floral display, I was struck by 
the incongruity of the piece. Beautiful, yes; it 
caught the eye of every person in the sanctuary 
but strange was its appeal to me. Orchids . . . 
beautiful blooms, but on a cross. When I think 
of the cross, I see beauty in the result of the 
cross— but in actuality I see separation from 
God, suffering, and anguish. While the cross of 
the display crumbles easily, the tree on which 
my Saviour hung was rugged enough to hold a 
most precious cargo. As I thought of my first 
reaction, I sensed that others also see the cross 
as a combination of elements without compare. 
Searching beyond the exotic blossoms when one 
turns to the cross is the incomparable Christ, 



one who gave up heaven and became man. As 
the blossom of the orchid is at once rare in some 
of the world, in other areas the same flower 
blooms in profusion. Christ's gift of salvation on 
that cross so long ago was a singular act of pay- 
ing for sin, but repentance is available to all who 
will believe on the cross and the Saviour who 
hung there. The joy of life in Christ is as beauti- 
ful as the bloom of the orchid. 

The beauty of this cross was not only the 
appearance of lovely flowers, but it also sent my 
heart and mind a message of the most fragrant 
gift of all . . . the gift of eternal life if we but 
look to the rugged cross which is herein sym- 
bolized. 



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It was the end of the week and groceries were low. 

That ugly fruit still sat there, staring back at me. My 
frugal nature wouldn't let me throw it away. Besides, 
what would I ever say to the IVIillers, who so graciously 
shared it with us? "Well," I mused, "it might be easier 
not to say anything." 

I had never been much of a success at selecting good 
citrus fruit, so I had convinced myself that it just isn't 
available in Indiana. But even though our friends had 
brought these oranges and grapefruits to us straight from 
the trees in Florida, they just didn't appeal to me. They 
were wrinkled, shrivel-skinned and greenish!— surely not 
worth the energy to cut them open. 

Maybe I could squeeze enough juice out of them for a 
small glass for the baby. He wasn't that picky about 
flavor at this point. 

Reluctantly, I sliced through the first orange. The 
skin was thin, but oh, the juice that squirted out of that 
little round ball of fruit! I had to lick my fingers— and 
what a pleasant surprise! There was a natural sweetness 
which I had never before experienced in all my juice- 
drinking days. I couldn't stop myself and soon had de- 
voured the entire contents of sweetness which had been 
hidden within the ugly confines of that dried-up skin. 

How could this be? 

I thought of all the beautifully colored fruit I had 
purchased during my 10 years of marriage, and of how 
often I had been disappointed to find the attractive 



wrapping concealing a tasteless, tough, thick-membraned 
interior. 

Immediately, the Holy Spirit spoke to me. 

"Remember that gal you avoided for so long because 
you weren't attracted to her by physical appearance? 
Then you were paired off together one Wednesday night 
for prayer and you discovered she was a truly beautiful 
person, one whose sweetness was just waiting to spill all 
over you. And what a loving friend she has become! 

"Think of the hours you've spent sewing, braiding, 
curling, patching, polishing and scrubbing in an effort to 
make your children physically attractive, because that is 
so often what others first respond to. 

"Compare the time, money and energy you pour into 
your own 'What-meets-the-eye' appearance, to the time 
you spend in the Word letting Me beautify your soul." 

It's an old lesson, Lord. One of the first verses I 
learned as a child was "Man looketh on the outward 
appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart" (I Sam. 
16:7). 

Thank you, Jesus, for this fresh reminder.— Mrs. Terry 
White, Watertown, Minnesota • 

WMC editor's note: Sharon White, former director of 
Kids Korale at Winona Lake Brethren Church, is present- 
ly living in Watertown, Minnesota, with husband Terry 
who is now teaching at St. Paul Bible College, and Jamie, 
six and Jon, five. 




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WMe Project 

Needed: a new home for missionaries in Winona Lake. 

Let's relieve overcrowding by sharing in this extended project for Foreign Missions. 

Let's give our missionaries a place to unpack and call home during their stay in Winona Lake. 

Deadline: Send offerings to WMC Financial Secretary-Treasurer no later than June 10, 1978. 

Extended Project: Construction of a new mission residence in Winona Lake, Indiana. 

Women Manifesting (Bhrist 

Goal: $6,500 



as we go to press . . . 

After 15 years of successful ministry at the Grace Brethren Church of Hagerstown, Md. , 
Dr. Robert Collitt has accepted a call to become pastor of the Ghent Brethren Church, 
Roanoke, Va. 

The Bahamas will be the destination of the seniors of Brethren Christian Schools, 
Osceola, Ind. , on their class trip, April 9-19. Students will raise the majority of 
the money needed through projects such as candy sales, car washes, and paper drives. 
The trip will include a cruise to Nassau and Freeport ; and stops at Disneyworld, Sea 
World, and Daytona Beach. 

Jackson, Miss. (EP) — A Free Will Baptist minister here sponsored a teen-age vigil 
to read the Bible straight through and found it takes 66 hours, 58 minutes. The Rev. 
Don Taggart in nearby Pontotoc said he believes the feat is a record. He has mailed 
the certification to the Guiness Book of World Records in London. The Old Testament 
took 52 hours to read and the New Testament 14 hours, 58 minutes. 

Rev. James Kennedy will assume the pastorate of the Waimalu Grace Brethren Church of 
Aiea, Hawaii, this spring. Mr. Kennedy has been pastor of the Fairlawn Brethren 
Church of Akron, Ohio. 

Manorom, Thailand (EP) — Five missionaries with Overseas Missionary Fellowship died, 
along with 7 children, when a careening truck collided with their hospital van carry- 
ing 17 passengers in Central Thailand. OMF has issued a prayer request for the be- 
reaved and for the seriously depleted medical team of Thai and missionary fellow 
workers at the 99-bed hospital at Manorom. 

Two new offices are being added in the lower auditorium of the First Brethren Church 
of Dayton, Ohio. The work of Evangelism and Outreach will be funneled from six dif- 
ferent areas of the church to these offices. 



San Bernardino, Calif. (EP) — Dr. Bill Bright, founder and president of Campus 
Crusade for Christ, said here after a three-week visit to the Soviet Union that that 
country "has a different perspective than we hold of religious freedom." He noted 
that although Christians are permitted to worship in churches, Soviet citizens are 
forbidden to engage in "public proclamation or private sharing of the Gospel." Dr. 
Bright reported that Soviet officials had told him that "atheistic propaganda, on the 
other hand, is encouraged and promoted in all levels of society and in alJ. institu- 
tions in accordance with their constitution." The Campus Crusade leader and other 
officials of his organization visited the Soviet Union at the invitation of the All- 
Union Council of Evangelical Christian Baptists. They preached the Gospel to 11 con- 
gregations in seven cities before a combined total of 15,000 persons. Dr. Bright 
said that "as guests from America, we had opportunity to witness for Christ in a 
variety of situations, such as in trains and to Intourist guides and reporters, a 
privilege which, according to the law, is not granted to Soviet citizens." 

Washington (EP) — President Jimmy Carter announced a White House Conference on 
Families, Dec. 9-13, 1979, in Washington, and Congress has held two days of hearings 
to review plans for the event. Original plans for a White House Conference on 
Families were projected during Carter's presidential campaign. In his recent offi- 
cial announcement. Carter explained: "The main purpose of this l^fhite House confer- 
ence will be to examine the strengths of American families, the difficulties they 
face, and the ways in which family life is affected by public policies." 



FACTS: 



70 — Apartment facilities (Independent Retirement Living) 

7 sizes of apartments ranging from 250 to 790 square feet 
85 - Residents (January 1978) 

29 — Employees: Administration, Office, Resident Activities, 
Housekeeping, Food Service, Construction, 
Maintenance 
12 — Apartments to be added and occupied in June 1978 
6 — Apartments to be added and occupied in October 1978 
Health Care Facility being planned for construction as soon as 
certificates and financing can be arranged 

Investment program available: 

1. 6% Demand Promissory Notes 

2. 772% Five Year Promissory Notes 

3. 8% Ten Year Promissory Notes 

4. Gift Annuities - 5% to 10% 

Grace Village 

Chrletlan IgptlremcDt Center 







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P.O. Box 337 •Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 • Phone: 219/269-2499 

Member of American Association of Homes for the Aging Member of Indiana Association of Homes for the Aging 

The Grace Village Administrator, Sherwood Durkee, holds a Comprehensive Health Facility Administrator's License from the State of Indiana. 




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Being recognized certainly lias an 
appeal to one's vanity. A famous per- 
son is supposed to have said, "I do not 
care what you say about me in print, 
just so you spell my name correctly." 
That, in a very unsubtle way, says it 
all. This appeal to a person's pride is 
bringing a whole new industry into 
being. During a one-week span, I re- 
ceived the following "claim to fame" 
letters: from Cambridge, England, a 
request for a biographical sketch to ap- 
pear in the Dictionary of International 
Biography, Volume XV; a request 
from the American Biographical Insti- 
tute to appear in Distinguished and 
Outstanding Personalities of the West 
and Midwest; also Notable Americans 
and Who's Who in Religion, Volume 
II. 

The classic must have been an offer 
to receive a doctor's degree by mail. I 
would need to have four abilities to 
become a doctor. I must be an or- 
dained minister; have the signature of 
another ordained minister; write a 
2,700-word thesis; and have the ability 
to donate $100 to the missions fund 
of the doctor-decreeing organization. I 
found ability four, the donation, the 
hardest function of them all. 

Recently I read about a man who 
had a doctor's degree conferred by 
sending in the information on his dog. 
He has the only Dr. Fido in the whole 
community. 

; The appeal of recognition of an in- 
i dividual, whether in a book or else- 
; where, is an ancient one. When you go 
' into the bank or the store. It is nice to 



be recognized by name. It is a personal 
touch in an impersonal world. Recent- 
ly a man in Minnesota set out to 
change his name to a number. The 
utility company and several other busi- 
nesses went ahead with the agreement. 
But a judge would not permit the act 
to go any further and would not make 
the number the person's legal name. 
The man involved must have been 
making a protest to society about his 
status. 

Where do vanity and self-esteem 
find a proper balance in mankind? Cer- 
tainly we are important in the proper 
sense of the meaning. After all, if God 
went so far as to create us in His image 
and His likeness, there had to be some 
importance. Even after the fall, God 
loved us enough to send His Son, 
Jesus, to save us. God has opened up 
lines of communication to us through 
prayer. He has provided for our spirit- 
ual benefit in the past and will do so in 
the future. We are important in the 
sight of God because of what we have 
been in creation and for the further 
prospects. We must also keep in mind 
we are fallen creatures and corrupt and 
capable of all manner of sin. It is not 
our fallen nature that needs any recog- 
nition of positive favor. It is the poten- 
tial of our redeemed nature that needs 
to be encouraged. 

We are going to be "like" Christ. 
Now I do not know what all that 
means, but I do know it is going to be 
good. I will not become a god, nor will 
you, but the assurance in I John 3;2 of 
what we v/ill be like is so encouraging 



Charles W. Turner 
Editor 



in the light ot what we now are, that it 
makes me mighty happy to look for- 
ward to the future. 

Churches that have gained insight 
into the importance of persons in the 
proper light of the teaching of the 
Word of God are ministering to the 
needs of people. This seems to be one 
of the characteristics that sets them 
apart from the average run of 
churches. Too long have churches 
taken the attitude of detachment from 
people and have seemed to elevate 
themselves on a superior level. They 
have lost the mission of Christ- 
involvement and service. God did not 
call us to stand on pedestals and say 
"look at me." He called us to say, 
"Look at Christ and see what you can 
become." John the Baptist knew he 
was not the Christ. He knew he must 
decrease and that Christ must increase. 
He knew who he was not, but he also 
knew who he was. And in his decreas- 
ing he became important in the plan of 
God. 

Who is Who? To appear in books 
printed for publishing profits— the 
Library of Congress reports 500 of 
them— is not the answer. To be of im- 
portance is to be recognized by the 
most important person in the universe. 
I have my name in some of these bio- 
graphical gems, but let me tell you 
where it really pays to have it written 
and have a good record. That place is 
the Lamb's Book of Life and that is 
really Who's Who! 



COVER: 

Photo by Lester E. Pifer 



reported in the herald 



35 Years Ago- 1943 

The Board of Trustees of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald announce the pur- 
chase of a most substantial stone 
dwelling at Winona Lake, Ind. It will 
be the new home of the Herald Com- 
pany .... Work is progressing on the 
Modesto, Calif., church buOding. 

15 Years Ago- 1963 

James 0. Young, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Sterling, Ohio, 
died suddenly of a heart at- 
tack. ... Dr. Harold Etling spoke at 
the dedication of the new sanctuary at 
the Grace Brethren Church of Coving- 
ton, Va. 

5 Years Ago- 1973 

Mason Cooper and Edward Miller will 
be taking Grow 73 to Brazil in early 
April. The two-week trip will be an 
evangelistic outreach. 



Volume 40 Number 6 March 15, 1978 
Published on the first and fifteenth of 
each month (except— one issue only in the 
months of April, August and December) by 
The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 
P. O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Printed by BMH Printing 

Editor, Charles W, Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Artists, Timothy Kennedy, Gary Nieter 
Production Manager: Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 
Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 
Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 
IVIissions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WIVIC: Linda 
Hoke. 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona 
Lake, Ind. Published by the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company, P. O. Box 544, 
1104 Kings Highway, W/inona Lake, ind. 
46590. Subscription prices; $5.00 a year; 
foreign, $5.75. Special rates to churches. 
Extra copies of this issue or back issues are 
available. They are priced at 25c each, post- 
age paid, with a minimum order of tour 
copies. Please include your check with 
order. 



contents 

4 WE MADE IT AT MT. LAUREL! 

6 PRAYER NEEDS AND ANSWERS 

7 THE BOTTOM LINE 

10 OF FRONTIERS AND PIONEERS 
16 JANUARY STARS 
18 GRACE SCHOOLS 



bmh features 



• Reflections By Still Waters 2« BMH News Report 12 • 

• The Personal Message of Easter 14 • 

• As We Go to Press 20 • 



MEMBER 



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EVANGELICAL PRESS ASSOCIATION 




letters 



Dear Readers, 

The Brethren Missionary Herald is looking forward to an- 
other year of progress and increased ministry. Your gifts are a 
very important part of our future development. The funds 
received in gifts are used to purchase new equipment and to 
cover an annual deficit on the magazine of some $20,000. 
Here is a progress report for the first eight weeks of 1978: 

$70,000.00 Offering goal for 1978 

$ 9,329.58 Gifts during the first 8 weeks 

$60,670.42 Balance of needs 

Give through your local church to help increase the ministry 

of the printed page. 

Thanks. 
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"Great Is Thy Faithfulness" and be- 
cause of it the Grace Brethren Church, 
Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, became self- 
supporting on January 1, 1978. Febru- 
ary 26 was set aside for a day of cele- 
bration and praise to God for this 
event, the first such event to take 
place in the state of New Jersey. Dr. 
Lester E. Pifer, executive secretary for 
The Brethren Home Missions Council, 
brought a slide-tape presentation on 
the work of Brethren Home Missions 
during the Sunday School hour. This 
was followed by a message from Dr. 
Pifer and showing of the film, "Oppor- 
tunity Unlimited." 

During the middle of 1977, we be- 
came burdened to see our church self- 
supporting by 1978. As the year pro- 
gressed, we had questions— "will it 
really happen?"; "will God supply the 
needs?"; "can we make it alone?" We 
realized we had been receiving support 
for several years. We knew other 
smaller groups needed both the district 
and national support being given to us. 
Above all, God seemed to be saying 
that His time was the beginning of 
1978. 



During the last quarter of 1977, 
God graciously saw fit to give us a 
number of faith-strengthening indi- 
cators that He would meet our needs. 
One of our church's concerns was that 
we would see a number of people 
come to Christ. During the last quarter 
of 1977, 11 people made public deci- 
sions for Christ for salvation. Praise 
the Lord, for only He can bring people 
to Himself. Each one of these deci- 
sions for Christ represents a beauti- 
fully touching story of the grace of 
God. 

But how about our financial needs? 
We had faced the most stringent re- 
quirements any Brethren Home Mis- 
sions church ever experienced any- 
where in the nation. Fuel costs were 
rising. Trouble had been experienced 
with our heating system involving the 
expenditure of a large amount of 
money. What would the winter of 
1977-78 hold in store? Well, we again 
had a problem with our heating sys- 
tem, but God met the need financially. 
It was projected that we would need a 
weekly income of in excess of $750 in 
order to "make it" as a self-supporting 






church. During the third quarter of 
1977, we had only received a weekly 
income of less than $550. But, again 
God gave the green light as, during the 
fourth quarter of the year our average 
weekly giving passed the $950 mark. 
Praise God! To save people and to 
sanctify their pocketbooks must in- 
deed be the work of God. 

Attendance growth also showed 
God was giving the "go ahead." During 
the last quarter of the year, Sunday 
morning worship attendances averaged 
115 per week, and are still climbing! 
It was indeed time for the youth to 
"leave home" and "be on its own." 
Yes, we made it, thanks to God for His 
faithfulness and the faithfulness of our 
people. It really should not have been 
a surprise. 

Through the years God has con- 
sistently been faithful. Approximately 
two years were spent in getting the 
local approvals for the subdivision pro- 
cedure and building permit. Some- 
times the situation looked hopeless, 
and yet, we learned that God was not 
behind schedule. He had slowed the 
process of building in order that we 
would begin to build at a time when 
costs were lower than they had been 
for months. 

In the process of construction, a 
stop order was issued against the proj- 
ect, due to a misunderstanding be- 
tween the local authorities and our 




contractor. In answer to prayer, how- 
ever, the order was lifted and work 
continued. 

Before we could occupy the build- 
ing, we had to plant in excess of 100 
four-feet tall Norway Spruce trees in 
the 50-foot buffer strip, as required by 
law. Again God was faithful in that He 
moved our people to come out to 
work, planting all those trees in three 
evenings of work. These represent only 
a few of the obstacles placed in our 
way. The latest one was regarding our 
parking lot paving which the city re- 
quired, but then stopped due to a 



communication problem between the 
paving contractor and the city of- 
ficials. Is it any wonder we sometimes 
raised the question as to whether we 
would make it?! 

We made it because we had some 
great backing. The Northern Atlantic 
District Mission Board and The Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council stood be- 
hind us 100 percent and we of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Mt. Laurel, 
thank you for your perseverance with 
us culminating in the victory of the 
first self-supporting Grace Brethren 
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"Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert 
in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at 
the sanne time for us as well, that God may 
open up to us a door for the word, so that we 
may speak forth the mystery of Christ. . . . that 
I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. 
Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward out- 
siders, making the most of the opportunity. Let 
your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as 
it were, with salt, so that you may know how 
you should respond to each person" (Col. 4:2-6 
NASB). 

These verses sum up what has been my 
prayer— open doors and wisdom in knowing 
how to respond to each person. Perhaps to one 
Jewish person, it is showing love and concern 
for him and his needs. To another, an oppor- 
tunity to open up the Word of God and present 
the claims of Christ. Knowing how and when to 
respond is of utmost importance. Indeed, it is 
truly a joy and blessing to share the good news 
of Jesus Christ to the Jews. Please pray for 
Sheila, Marsha, Shirley and the other girls who I 
bowl with— that 1 might earn the right to wit- 
ness to them. Also pray for Mr. S., with whom 
we have been able to sit down and share the 
Word of God. He understands and believes the 
Word of God, but yet, because he is a Jew, is 
afraid to accept this Jesus. And then, pray for 
the parents of one of our "HAPPY HOUR" 
children, Mr. and Mrs. A. Their son Brian ac- 
cepted Jesus as his Saviour and this caused 
quite an uproar in this household. One evening 
our phone rang and both parents were on the 
phone, quite upset. As we shared with them, 
they began to calm down. I invited them to 
come to our Thursday evening Bible study 
where there were other Jewish people. They 
promised to come. They are quite impressed 
with the love and sincerity. Please pray that this 
couple will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus 
Christ. They have since permitted their four- 
year-old daughter to attend "HAPPY HOUR." 

It is interesting to note how our Lord wit- 
nessed to His own Brethren, the Jews. An ex- 
ample is in Luke 24:3-31 on the road to Em- 



maus. In verse 15 we notice HE BEGAN 
TRAVELING WITH THEM. In verse 17, HE 
LISTENED. In verses 19-24, HE LET THEM 
POUR THEIR HEARTS OUT. In verse 25, we 
see He rebuked them— a lesson for us: ". . . 'O 
foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all 
that the prophets have spoken.' " Then, in verse 
27, they were ready to listen to Him. HE ALSO 
LED THEM TO THEIR OWN SCRIPTURE In 
verse 29 HE MADE THEM HUNGRY FOR 
THE TRUTH. Finally, in verse 31, their eyes 
were open and they recognized Him. He made 
their hearts burn within them. Result: They be- 
lieved. 

This is what we are doing. As we are faithful 
in service and prayer, God blesses and we see 
our neighbors hunger and thirst. Oh Brethren, 
pray with us that they might search the Scrip- 
tures and that they might be saved. 

Such neighbors are Mr. and Mrs. O. I have 
talked to Mrs. O and explained to her what we 
do and what we believe. I informed her of all 
our meetings for various ages including our 
"HAPPY HOUR" as she has a four-year-old 
daughter. For some reason, I didn't feel led to 
invite her just yet. I prayed and was waiting 
upon the Lord for just the right time. We did 
invite them to our annual Chanukkoh/Christ- 
mas Banquet, but they were leaving for Moscow 
and would be gone. Well, two weeks ago, our 
son Michael was in a concert at school and Mrs. 
O. wanted to go along. That evening, as we 
were driving home, she asked if her daughter 
could attend "HAPPY HOUR." Needless to 
say, I was overjoyed. The Lord was giving us 
another Jewish family and another opportuni- 
ty. 

Our prayer continues to be for open doors 
and wisdom in knowing how and when to re- 
spond to each person. 

If you would like to know more about your 
Brethren Jewish work, please write the mission 
here in Los Angeles or The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council, Winona Lake, Indiana, for our 
18-minute slide/tape production. 

God bless you and shalom. 



Mrs. Doyle Miller 
Brethren Messianic Testimony 



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The Bottom Line 



There's three to four feet of 
forbidding snow staring at me 
from outside my office window. 
The temperature is consistently 
in the single digits (I hear you 
laughing, California). And, pre- 
paring the year-end financial 
statements, I've just consumed 
the past three weeks of my life 
burning up my Monroe calcu- 
lator and paging through piles of 
computer printouts. My eyes are 
bloodshot and my pencils are de- 
manding transfers to other de- 
partments. 

Am I despondent? 

Not on your life, because to- 
day I arrived at the "bottom 
line" and am most excited to re- 
port to our faithful supporters 
that, according to the pre-audit 
figures, The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council has ended another 
year in the black. 

Nineteen seventy-seven was 
my first year on the staff of 
Home Missions, having joined 
this ministry as the accountant in 
July. It has been a year of matur- 



ing in personal faith as I've wit- 
nessed firsthand the way God has 
systematically provided for the 
financial needs of Home Mis- 
sions. There were, however, 11 
occasions for doubt during the 
year as each monthly report 
through November showed that 
our income was behind the prior 
year. Since we had budgeted for 
an increase over 1976 in order to 
adequately care for our mission 
responsibilities, the monthly re- 
ports were a cause for some con- 
cern and earnest prayer. It was 
during the final month, Decem- 
ber, that our prayers were an- 
swered. We received $235,200 in 
offerings and direct gifts during 
December, putting us over the 
total offering figure from 1976. 
In addition, Home Missions be- 
came the recipient of a property 
sale for a net amount of over 
$80,000. This last-month surge 
of income allowed us to cover all 
of our expenses for the year. A 
percentage analysis of 1977 ex- 
penditures is offered in chart No. 1. 



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The Council's income from 
sources other than offerings and 
direct gifts has increased signifi- 
cantly in the past five years, as 
shown in chart No. 2. Two of the 
primary "other income" sources 
responsible for this increase are 
annuities and estates. We are 
gratefully indebted to the past 
stewardship ministries of Rev. 
Leo Polman and the late Dr. 
Luther L. Grubb. These men 
shared with our Brethren people 
the substantial part one can have 
in these instruments of deferred 
giving. New annuity agreements 
were signed during 1977 for 
$93,000, a tremendous increase 
to this reserve of future income. 
This represents a net annual in- 
crease in our annuity portfolio of 
17 percent. All of our annuity 
funds are placed in income- 
earning assets which ensures the 
safety of the principal investment 
and the continued ability of the 
Home Missions Council to pay 
interest according to the annuity 
contract. 

A third primary source of 
other income has been the 
liquidation proceeds of a few 
church properties where our min- 
istry has not been as fruitful as 
we had forecasted. Due to infla- 
tion in the real estate markets, 
we normally will realize suffi- 
cient net funds from the sale, 
which will allow us to rechannel 
the proceeds into more receptive 
harvest fields holding a better 
promise of future growth. 

Believing that God will again 
provide the Council's needs in 
the coming year, the Board of 
Directors has recently approved 
nine new mission points for a 
current total of 44. Our 1978 
budget calls for $710,000 in of- 
ferings and an estimated $50,000 



BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL, INC. 
EXPENDITURES FOR 1977 



68% 



22% 



DIRECT ASSISTANCE; Church salary and building 

appropriations; 

Pastors' medical insurance; 

Pastors' orientation and workshops; 

Navajo and Jewish missions; 

Etc. 



ADMINISTRATION: Office and administrative salaries; 
Rent of facilities; Insurance; Transportation; Data 
processing; Staff retirement and medical insurance; 
Depreciation; Etc, 



7% PROMOTION: Publications; Stewardship ministry 
3% INTEREST: Annuities; Notes Payable 



in other income. We would ask 
that our supporters remember 
Home Missions throughout this 
new year in prayers and giving, as 
a consistent flow of income will 
be needed to meet fixed and 
growing costs. 

Let us say that the ministry of 
Home Missions cannot really be 
measured in dollars and cents. 
We only seek to generate a suffi- 
cient amount of income to carry 
out what we feel God has called 
us to do. The true "bottom 



line" at Home Missions has no 
dollar signs and cannot be quan- 
tified. The outreach of the mes- 
sage of Christ to our communi- 
ties and the spiritual strengthen- 
ing of individuals and families is 
our true "bottom line." Join us 
in our prayers that on this quali- 
tative scale, which only God can 
measure, The Brethren Home 
Missions Council will continue to 
demonstrate a positive net 
growth. 

Thank you for your support 



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BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS COUNCIL, INC. 
OFFERINGS AND OTHER INCOME 
FOR 10 YEARS - 1968 TO 1977 



OTHER INCOME: 

ANNUITIES, ESTATES, INTEREST, 

PROPERTY SALES, ETC 

OFFERINGS AND DIRECT GIFTS 



MM.OOO 



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TWENTY-FIVE LARGEST CHURCH 
OFFERINGS FOR 1977 

The Brethren Home 
Missions Council, Inc. 

Long Beach, Calif. (Grace) $26,676 

Long Beach, Calif. (North) 20,084 

Sunnyside, Wash. 16,417 

Winona Lake, Ind. 15,783 

Columbus, Ohio (Grace) 14,667 

iVIyerstown, Pa. 13,825 

Wooster, Ohio 12,795 

Winchester, Va. 11,978 

Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 11,496 

Berne, Ind. 10,811 

Whittier, Calif. (Community) 10,769 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 10,250 

Waterloo, Iowa 9,154 

Homerville, Ohio 8,308 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 8,083 
Fremont, Ohio (Grace Church) 6,839 

Lancaster, Pa. (Grace) 6,659 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 6,371 

Bellflower, Calif. 6,317 

Martinsburg, Pa. 5,930 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 5,923 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 5,895 

Telford, Pa. 5,531 

Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 5,418 

Rittman, Ohio 5,386 



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CORRECTION 

The church building which appeared 
in the February 15 article "The Dream 
to Reality Adventure" was not the Sus- 
quehanna Grace Brethren Church, 
Wrightsville, Pa. The picture here is of 
the correct church building. We in the 
BHIViC are very sorry for the error 
and especially F.J. P., on whose desk 
the buck stopped. 






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Of 

Frontiers and 
Pioneers 



Gary M. Cole 



^^uter space has been called "the 
last frontier." So has the ocean. Five 
people, however, chose the Daytona 
Beach, Florida, area as their frontier. 
They all moved to the Daytona area 
and started pioneering. They did it 
weW, for, slowly but surely, others 
joined them. Now, after years of hard 
pioneer work, there are visible signs of 
a strong "settlement." In fact, these 
pioneers just celebrated the beginning 
of their largest undertaking yet: on 
Saturday, January 21, 1978, they 
broke ground for a new church build- 
ing. 

The names of these pioneers are: 
Jay and Naomi Lance, Marian Foulk, 
Sally McDonnell, and her son, Mike. 
They all had belonged to Grace Breth- 
ren churches in other places. Add to 
this list the names of Dr. and Mrs. Her- 
man Koontz, two more pioneers who 
traveled 50 miles from the Orlando 
area each weekend so that Dr. Koontz 
could serve as their pastor. 

More than 60 others joined these 
pioneers in turning over the sod on 
ground-breaking day. The first 
shovelful was turned by Jay Lance. 
The other pioneers followed his lead. 
Pastor Gary M. Cole and his wife, 
Patty, were next in line. The trustees 
then put their hands to the shovel. 
And when the shovel had been set 
aside, everyone in the church family 




had helped break that ground. In ad- 
dition to the actual ground-breaking, 
the ceremony included a brief message 
by Pastor Gary Cole, a ground- 
breaking commitment by the church 
family, and words of greeting from 
The Brethren Home Missions Council 
by Joseph Taylor. Mr. Taylor is a 
member of the Board of Directors of 
the council. He will also supervise the 
construction of the new church build- 
ing in Ormond Beach. Also on hand to 
lend their support, were members of 
other Florida district churches, includ- 
ing Pastor William Willard of Brooks- 
ville. Pastor Tom Bailey of Orlando, 
and Pastor Gary Cole's father. Pastor 
William Cole, of the Palm Beaches. 

Pioneer work is hard work. This 
church was first organized in 1970, 
under the leadership of Dr. Herman 
Koontz. This small band of pioneers 
faced difficulties in the years that fol- 
lowed: finding meeting places in the 
area, locating the right piece of proper- 
ty, calling the right full-time pastor, 
keeping people in a community where 
people are constantly moving, discour- 
aging circumstances. But these were 
real pioneers with real pioneer vision 
and real pioneer faith. God led them 
to meet in the Daytona YWCA and 
then in Variety Hall near Ormond 
Beach, led them to two and a half 
acres on the west side of Ormond 
Beach, gave them the money to pay 



for the land over a few years, directed 
them to call Gary Cole as their full- 
time pastor, gave them growth, saw 
them through discouraging times, and 
has now brought them to the point of 
being ready to build a new build- 
ing. . . eight years later. 

The new Ormond Beach building 
will be unique. Architect Ralph Hall 
has given it a rustic design to fit the 
building style of the community. The 
exterior walls will be rough-sawn cedar 
and "used brick," topped by a wood- 
shingled roof. 

Pioneer work is hard work, but it is 
the kind of work that pioneers want to 
keep on doing. With time, their vision 
and faith grow. For instance, these 
pioneers saw their attendance double 
during 1977. They also saw their offer- 
ings triple at the same time. They have 
also seen people move away and goals 
elude their grasp. But they want to do 
more pioneering. Now, they're work- 
ing on doubling their attendance dur- 
ing 1978, launching a Christian school 
program by opening a kindergarten in 
the fall of 1978, preparing at least two 
people to send out into full-time serv- 
ice during the next two years, and 
helping a branch church get started in 
about a year. 

Pioneer work is hard work. But, 
pioneer work is good work. It is God's 
work. 



Something to 

"Crow" About! 



The new record of $11,000,000 in 
Brethren Investment Foundation de- 
posits indicates that Brethren people 
are "putting their money where their 
mouths are." It is with praise to God 
that this new record has been estab- 
lished through Brethren people and 
friends of the Fellowship and we just 
think it is something to "crow" about! 

There has been a steady growth in 
deposits since that first year, 1955, 
when the BIF was born. The Brethren 
Investment Foundation has survived 
those teen "adolescent years" bearing 
a good testimony and serving faithful- 
ly The Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil, Inc., in its ongoing church building 
program. Now at the mature age of 23, 
the BIF continues to grow and is meet- 
ing a growing need for church prop- 
erty and building financing. 

Over 3,600 depositors share in this 
new record total of $1 1 ,000,000 in de- 
posits. An interesting observation is 
that nearly 3,100 or 85 percent of the 
depositors have from $1 to $5,000 on 
deposit. This means that the Bl F is not 
made up of only "big" depositors but 
many small ones. This is because the 
BIF welcomes and appreciates the 
many small depositors. 

In a fellowship of 38,000 members 
with over 3,600 depositors, we think 
this is an excellent response. However, 
since a majority of our depositors are 
small in today's economy, we are sure 
many more of you could be sharing in 
this ministry. Three new building pro- 
grams approved for starting this month 
require $450,000 in loan funds. Dur- 
ing the year the purchase of church 
locations and additional building pro- 
grams will require a total in loan funds 
of more than $1,000,000. 

What about interest? The present 
rate of 5.25 percent is paid from day 
of deposit to day of withdrawal. Inter- 



BRETHREIS! PUTTING MONEY WHERE THEIR MOUTHS ARE 





est not compounded is paid on the due 
date. In 23 years, not one interest pay- 
ment has been missed for lack of 
funds. We have an interest in your ac- 
count because you have an interest in 
the Lord's work and are co-workers 
for Him. 

The old saying "Talk is cheap" cer- 
tainly does not apply to over 3,600 



BIF depositors. These Brethren are 
putting their money "where their 
months are." And to us, that is in the 
Brethren Investment Foundation. We 
praise God for every BIF depositor 
and we are proud of this new record. 
We are "crowing" about what God has 
done through you— not what we have 
done. 



Join Hands with These 3,600 Depositors 

(BMiJutan QjwsidJbfuini J^DJundtdion 

Box 587 Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
The BIF- where your money can build interest for you and churches, too. 



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From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 



■ Students in grades 9-12 will have an opportunity to visit 
selected Christian college campuses throughout the eastern 
United States during a tour planned for them by their 
church— Grace Brethren Church of Worthington, Ohio. The 
young people will travel by bus, March 16-24, and will 
furnish their own lunch money and gas money. The colleges 
visited will provide housing and other meals. The goal of 
the trip is simply "to aid young people and their parents in 
making more knowledgeable decisions as to where God 
would have them prepare for service for Him." The church 
plans tours of campuses in other geographic areas of the 
United States during the next two years. 

■ Just a reminder: expect only one issue of the Brethren 
Missionary l-lerald next month. April is one of three months 
when one double-size magazine is published instead of two 
regular issues. 




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■ An appreciation day was held recently for Rev. and Mrs. 
Henry Radford in honor of their retirement. Mr. Radford 
had pastored the Garden City Grace Brethren Church of 
Roanoke, Va., for 22 years. The Radfords received a new 
roof for their home, a $375 cash gift, and will accept a 
monthly retirement pension. 



■ Tulsa (EP)— Eastwood Baptist Church here has launched 
a "house ministry" effort to increase its membership to 
50,000 in 10 years. 

The Southern Baptist congregation is using 25 buses to 
take teachers to surrounding areas to lead home Bible 
studies and worship. 

The Rev. Tom Elliff, pastor of the church, said, "The 
people would worship together at the church only once a 
week— and that not necessarily on Sunday. If this program 
goes the way we think it will, there will not be enough 
room to get them all together at one time." 

Membership in the fast-growing church has risen from 
1,640 in 1972 to 3,346 in 1976. It has ministries among 
migrants, ex-offenders, and the deaf, and maintains a legal 
aid service and a mobile television unit. 

An effort had been made to raise $750,000 for a new 
building, but it failed to reach that goal. Mr. Elliff said, 
"The ministers and deacons decided this was God's way of 
telling us He didn't intend our spending that kind of money 
on buildings, so we decided to go another way." 



marriages 



Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest always 
upon, these new families who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six-month free subscription to the Herald is given to 
newlyweds whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

Donna Groah and Paul Smals, Dec. 20, First Brethren 

Church, Buena Vista, Va. 

Iris Daugherty and Roy Holtz, Jan. 14, First Brethren 

Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

Marcia Teichman and Bruce Reilly, Feb. 11, Lyndhurst 

Grace Brethren Church, Cleveland, Ohio. 



meetings 

Washington, Pa., March 19-24; Shimer Darr, pastor; Charles 
Turner, speaker. 

Uniontown, Pa., April 9-13; True Hunt, pastor; Nathan 
Meyer, speaker. 

change your annual 



David Goodman, 1546 LaPalma Ave., Anaheim, Calif. 
92805 . . . Maxwell Brenneman, home phone: 
809/792-4466 . . . First Brethren Church, La Verne, Calif.: 
name changed to Grace Brethren . . . M. Lee Myers, home 
phone: 319/391-1947 ... Earl L. Summers, 110 Geiser 
Ave., Waynesboro, Pa. 17268 ... Grace Brethren Church, 
Chambersburg, Pa., church phone: 717/264-3767 . . . First 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif.: name changed to 
Grace Brethren . . . Grace Brethren Church, Sterling, Ohio, 
church phone: 216/769-3078; church secretary: Mary 
Hubacher . . . Northeastern Ohio District Youth Committee 
Chairman: Gerald Kelley . . . Grace Brethren Church, Dan- 
ville, Ohio, church secretary: Mrs. Paul Banbury, 1237-8th 
St., Lorain, Ohio 44052, phone: 216/244-3942 . . . Arthur 
Collins, 304 E. Ross St. 



■ Pasadena, Calif. (EP)— "Women and the Ministries of 
Christ" is the title of the June 14-16 convention for 
evangelical women sponsored jointly by Fuller Theological 
Seminary and the southwest region of the Evangelical 
Women's Caucus. 



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Rev. Michael Volovski, wife Amy Lou, Rebecca Ann, and 
Jon Michael. (Photo courtesy of Altoona Mirror) 

■ Rev, Michael Volovski became the pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Altoona, Pa., in November 1977. Mr. 
Volovski graduated from Grace College and Grace Theologi- 
cal Seminary, and later received a master's degree in theolo- 
gy from Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas. Before 
moving to Altoona, Mr. Volovski had held the positions of 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Troy, Ohio, and pro- 
fessor in teaching Greek at Christian Institute of Technolo- 
gy in Dayton, Ohio. Both Mr. and Mrs. Volovski are natives 
of Pennsylvania, and are happy to be there again serving 
through the pastorate. 

■ Washington (EP)-The lawsuit filed by atheist Madalyn 
Murray O'Hair against the national motto "In God We 
Trust" is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the 
Western District of Texas (in Austin). Here is the chain of 
events. On September 1, 1977, Mrs. O'Hair filed suit to 
have the court declare unconstitutional the law that re- 
quires the national motto "In God We Trust" to be im- 
printed on the coins and paper currency of the United 
States. On November 11, 1977, the attorneys for the 
government filed a motion to dismiss the suit on the 
grounds that Mrs. O'Hair does not have sufficient personal 
stake in the outcome to bring such a suit and that she did 
not state sufficient grounds for the suit. Mrs. O'Hair was 
then given until January 5, 1978, to respond to the motion 
to dismiss her suit. In the meantime, she hired new lawyers, 
who filed an amended complaint at the same time they 
answered the government's arguments for dismissal of the 
case. The attorneys for the government have filed a reply to 
the amended complaint and have renewed their motion that 
the case be dismissed. The court at the time of this writing 
(January 27, 1978) has not announced its decision on the 
motion to dismiss the suit. 



Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

HORNEY, Sam, 62, Feb. 11, following a massive stroke. 
Mr. Horney was an ordained minister of the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches. Prior to his death, Mr. Horney 
resided in Sunnyside, Wash., where he hosted a daily radio 
broadcast in Spanish for the Yakima Valley Spanish popu- 
lation. He also worked with the public schools as a consult- 
ant in trilingual education, and supplied pulpits in the area 
as needed. Before moving to Washington, Mr. Horney pas- 
tored the First Brethren Church of Taos, N.Mex., for 18 
years. Funeral services for Mr. Horney were conducted at 
Sunnyside, Wash., on Feb. 14. A memorial service was held 
in Taos, N. Mex., on Feb. 19. Rev. Sam Horney is survived 
by his wife Elizabeth, two daughters, and three sons. 
OTTO, Mabel, Jan. 3, a member of the First Brethren 
Church of Johnstown, Pa., for 53 years. Charles Martin, 
pastor. 

PALMER, Wanda, 55, Feb. 1 , of a massive heart attack. She 
was a faithful member of the First Brethren Church of 
Portis, Kansas. Clarence Lackey, pastor. 
SEAL, Iva, 67, Feb. 6, a faithful member of Calvary Breth- 
ren Church of Hagerstown, Md., for many years. Curtis 
Stroman, pastor. 

WOLFF, tola, 72, Feb. 8, faithful member of the First 
Brethren Church of Kittanning, Pa. Richard Cornwell, pas- 
tor. 

WOLTERS, Grace, Feb. 11, following a short illness. She 
was a most faithful member of the First Brethren Church of 
Portis, Kansas. Clarence Lackey, pastor. 




■ A 400 percent growth increase in five years has been 
experienced at the Grace Brethren Church of Seal Beach, 
Calif. Dr. Roy Roberts (pictured) reports that the most 
pressing need at this time is facility expansion. Four identi- 
cal morning church services are held each week. Missions 
giving over the last two years has been more than S50,000. 
The church supports 12 members in service with Campus 
Crusade for Christ, as well as Brethren Home Missions and 
Foreign Missions. 



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i-he Word of God informs us that: 
"In the past God spoke to our fore- 
fathers through the prophets at many 
times and in various ways, but in these 
last days he has spoken to us by h 
Son, whom he appointed heir of all 
things, and through whom he made 
the universe" (Heb. 1:1-2 NIV). 

After centuries of communication 
with our forefathers through the 
prophets, God sent a very personal 
message to us when He sent His Son to 
be born into the human family via the 
virgin birth. Jesus Christ is God's per- 
sonal message to us. Everything that 
Jesus Christ said or did is a part of that 
message. 

The climax of God's message to us 
through the person of Jesus Christ 
comes with the event of Christ's death 
on the cross at Calvary and His subse- 
quent resurrection from the grave. The 
great Apostle Paul gives an explanation 
of it in these words, "He was delivered 
over to death for our sins and was 
raised to life for our justification" 
(Rom. 4:25 NIV). 

When God raised Christ from the 
dead, He sent a message to us through 
the person of Jesus Christ that should 
come ringing loud and clear to our 
hearts. This is the personal message of 
Easter, the RESURRECTION. The 

00 death barrier has been broken by Jesus 
i^ Christ the Saviour. 
u The first part of that messagi 

1 that Christ died for our sins. W^^ho 
in receive Him personally wjU-rrm; have to 

-^ die for our sins bepatjse our Saviour 

"o and Lord has don^hat for us. 

V The secotjd-^rt of that message has 

r^ to do witKthe validity of His death for 

14_us.-jS^ was pleased with Christ's re- 



demptive death for us and so raised 
Him from the dead and seated Him at 
His own right hand as our intercessor. 

The third part of the resurrection 
message is that God Himself has 
vided through His Son JesusCJipiif the 
perfect and complete so^crEion to the 
problem of deatl>-ehfist is the first, 
and only ori^^n human history to 
break the iinbreakable (by man) fet- 
ters of de^h. This provides for us the 
sure aiarantee that all who are in 
ChrKi'by faith will likewise be raised 
frerm death in God's own time. 

Jesus had this very guarantee in 
mind when He said to Martha: "I am 
the resurrection and the life. He who 
believes in me will live, even though he 
dies; and whoever lives and believes in 
me will never die. Do you believe 
this?" (John 11:25 NIV). 

The question Jesus put to Martha is 
the crux of the whole matter as touch- 



ing each one of us personally. "Do you 
believe this?" Christ is expecting an af- 
firmative personal answer from each 
one of us! What an eternal blessing it 
will be if you can find it in your heart 
to really believe. What an eternal trage- 
dy it will be for everyone who cannot 
or will not believe. Little wonder then 
that Jesus said in John 14:6: "... I am 
the way, the truth, and the life: no 
man cometh unto the Father, but by 
me." 

If you have never really committed 
yourself and your eternal destiny to 
Jesus Christ, don't delay. Do it NOW. 
See John 6:37-40. 
— Reprinted courtesy of Winona Today. 






Grace constitutes a LIVING Christian community of more than 1 ,000 
college and seminary students and faculty where Christ and His Word are 
central in lives and education. 

Your gift "in memory" of the departed, or "in honor" of someone on 
their birthday, anniversary or other special occasion, is vital to the LIFE of 
Grace Schools. 

A memorial gift wUl help to KEEP ALIVE precious memories. A congratu- 
latory gift honoring the LIVING will let them know you really care. The 
amount always remains confidential. 

Gifts were received for the following during January 1978. 

In Honor of : Given by : 

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Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wells 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Oelze 

Mr. and Mrs. John A. Sproule 

Harrah Brethren Church, Wash. 

Harrah Brethren Church, Wash. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Harrington 

Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Cooper 

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Fred Rowland 

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Marvin Olsen 
Mrs. Ruth Jacobs 
Mrs. Lois Nicholas 
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^ anuary is traditionally a quiet time on the Grace 
College campus. Many students arc at home with their 
families; others are across the country on choir and 
sports tours. 

However, during the last four years, selected college 
courses have attracted students back to campus early. 
One example is Astronomy, a science course taught by 
Dr. Don Dc Young which concentrates 50 hours of class- 
room study and night observation into the first two 
weeks of the new year. 

Twenty-five students enrolled for "Wintcrim Astrono- 
my '78." Variety is essential during such a rigorous 
schedule: a planetarium trip, chapel programs, and in- 
formal evenings of sky observing. The final morning 
session even included breakfast, prepared by Prof. 
De Young's wife, Sally, in the physical science laboratory 
(four dozen fried eggs!). The telescope observation deck 
on the roof of the Science Center proved valuable as 



January Stars 




students learned to identify a required list of 25 wintersky 
objects. Much dedication and hot chocolate were needed 
during the sub-zero nights. Other evenings were spent in 
fellowship around the fireplace at the DeYoung home. 
Class members completed a variety of individual 
projects which they shared with one another: 

— a study of astronomy words that are derived 
from Greek roots. 

— a Bible object lesson that concluded with 
everyone counting grains of sand, a vivid re- 
minder of the multitude of stars and the multi- 
tude of God's blessings (Gen. 22:17). 

— a successful method of measuring the di- 
ameter of the sun using a small ruler and shad- 
ows. 

— a computer program showing what familiar 
constellations look like from other points in 
our Milky Way galaxy. 

— a Warsaw survey of what people know about 
astronomy and whether they believe in astrolo- 
gy (50 percent expressed interest in this 
pseudo-science). 

— a study of the miraculous Star of Bethlehem. 

— construction of a sextant. 

— a three-dimensional model of the solar sys- 
tem including a five foot diameter sun. 



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At the conclusion of the course, students were asked 
which aspects of the astronomy study proved most valu- 
able to them. The spontaneous answers express the im- 
pact of a concentrated study of God's universe: 

It's thrilling to look at God's heavens now 
and know more about what's there. There is 
something that excites me about recognizing 
planets and stars and certain constellations, 
and then to be able to share this little bit of 
knowledge with someone else. I've come to 
realize how much bigger the universe is than 
I had thought. I feel small among all the 
galaxies and stars; and yet, I see the love that 
Jesus had in sharing Himself with me.— 
Freshman, Warsaw, Indiana 

I gained a deeper appreciation of God's 
creation. His power, and His wisdom.— 
Sophomore, Columbus, Ohio 

This course awakened within me a tre- 
mendous interest to learn more about the 
universe God created. I learned about many 
practical areas of everyday life: universal 
time, moon phases, characteristics of the 
planets, latitude and longitude. I learned 
that the tremendously complicated, but 
ordered patterns in the universe, can only be 
understood from a creationist viewpoint.— 
Junior, Livonia, Michigan 

Being taught a little more about the over- 
all picture of our existence in the universe 
was most interesting. To think of ourselves 
as a special creation of God, and then to see 
where we stand in the rest of the physical 
creation, is valuable. I thought more about 
God's power and overseeing that is involved 
with the existence of our universe and then 
realized that same God is my overseer and 
actually dwells inside of me. Why should I 
worry, for I am on His side. From the stu- 





dent's standpoint, I was challenged to pick 
up material never associated with and to im- 
prove my overall knowledge of new subjects 
in the world today.— Senior, Fort Lauderdale, 
Florida 

One of the things I appreciated most was 
learning how wrong the evolutionists are and 
learning ways to prove that they are wrong. 
These ways weren't just one person's opin- 
ion, but were actual facts and figures that 
can be documented. If we claim that evolu- 
tion is wrong, we must have some evidence 
to back up our claims. This course gave me 
some insights and evidence which showed 
me what I knew already. Also, after seeing 
the tremendous size and expanse of our uni- 
verse, I stand in awe of the God who created 
it.— Senior, Jefferson, Ohio 

I often looked at the starlit sky at night, 
not really understanding what I was seeing. 
Now when I look up into the sky, I see 
"friends" which I can recognize and identify 
with. Also, I have a better understanding of 
what is going on in God's universe. Seeing the 
endlessness of the universe made me realize 
in a new way the infinite depth of our God. 
He is truly unsearchable.— Senior, North 
Canton, Ohio 

pring semester follows quickly on the heels of the 
Winterim session. The campus is again filled as students 
share holiday blessings and adjust to new schedules. For 
the Astronomy students, newly familiar stars in the eve- 
ning sky will provide a permanent memory of a January 
spent in Winona Lake. They will continue to think about 
the immensities of the physical universe. How very 
special we are before God, who created the heavens to 
declare His glory to us! 



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The Grace Seminary Alumni 
project for 1978 is the sponsorship of 
the faculty chair of Dr. John C. Whit- 
comb. He is professor of Old Testa- 
ment and director of postgraduate 
studies at the Grace Theological Semi- 
nary. Widely known as an author and 
expositor of the Word of God, he has 
served on the seminary faculty since 
1951. An able speaker, he annually 
travels throughout the United States. 

In an effort to encourage response 
to the alumni-sponsored project, a 
special edition— autographed copy— of 
Dr. Whitcomb's book. Genesis: Cre- 
ation and Flood is being offered to 
those contributing $50 or more to the 
sponsorship. This book is a combining 
of tvy/o of Dr. Whitcomb's earlier 
books: The Early Earth and The World 
That Perished. The alternate selection 
is the book, Unformed and Unfilled by 
Seminary Instructor Weston Fields. 
Dr. Charles Smith, president of the 
Grace Seminary Alumni Executive 
Committee, said that gifts should be 
designated "To the Chair of Dr. John 
Whitcomb" and addressed to the 
Grace Alumni Association, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 46590. 




Actual nursing classes are ten- 



-S tativeiy scheduled to begin at 
Xo Grace College in September 



1979, pending approval from the 
Indiana State Board of Nursing. 
Director of Nursing Barbara C. 
Woodring said offering a two- 
year, Associate Degree program 
in nursing is anticipated. She 
stated that certain liberal arts 
courses will be required. It is sug- 
gested that the liberal arts 
courses be taken prior to Sep- 
tember 1979, if the student 
wants to lighten the academic 
load while taking nursing 
courses, or if transferring to an- 



other college to obtain a bac- 
calaureate degree in nursing is 
planned. 

Mrs. Woodring joined the 
Grace faculty last fall to begin 
research and investigation for the 
nursing program. Initiation of 
the nursing program was made 
possible through a $20,000 grant 
from Mrs. Chester C. Cooley. 
The program is being inaugurated 
in connection with the new 
Science Center at Grace and the 
Kosciusko Community Hospital. 



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y the wayside, when they 

at Jesus passed by, cried 
ing, Have mercy on us, O 
'lou *Son of David, 
d the multitude 'rebuked 

thati they should hold 
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aying. Have mercy on us, 
, thou Son of David, 
d Jesus stood still, and 
hem, and said. What will 
I shall do unto vou? 
ey say unto him. Lord, 
r eyes may be opened. 
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nd touched their eyes; and 
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as we go to press . . . 

Helen Maurine Schaffer, wife of Rev. William Schaf- 
fer, went to be with the Lord on March 1, after an 
extended illness. Services were held on March 15 in 
Johnstown, Pa., with Rev. Don Rough in charge. 

The purchase of additional land at the rear of its 
present property has been approved by the congrega- 
tion of the First Brethren Church, Rittman, Ohio. 

Interim pastor for the North Riverdale Brethren 
Church of Dayton, Ohio, is Dr. Robert Gromacki. 
The congregation is pleased to have Dr. Gromacki, 
professor of Bible and Greek and chairman of the 
Division of Biblical Education at Cedarville Col- 
lege. Dr. Gromacki received his doctorate from 
Grace Theological Seminary, and is also an author. 

Asheville, N.C. (EP) — Allergist Claude A. Frazier noticed a Bible lying on the 
seat beside the driver of a Chicago taxi cab and wondered, "Why not?" The outcome 
is a pilot project in cooperation with the American Bible Society to place Bibles 
in taxi cabs just as the Gideons place them in hotel rooms. "People read newspapers 
in cabs," says Frazier, "why not the Bible?" 

New York (EP) ~ Doubleday and Company has announced the establishment of an evan- 
gelical books division which will use the imprint of Doubleday-Galilee Books. Alex 
Liepa, editorial director for religious publishing, said, "We will use the Double- 
day-Galilee imprint and colophon to tell the born-again readers which of the many 
Doubleday books are specifically evangelical. At the same time, we also hope to 
make it easier for the bookstore manager or clerk to find the books he can recom- 
mend to his rapidly growing evangelical clientele." 

The Grace College Lancers basketball team completed the season with a record of 
12 wins and 19 losses. The Mid-Central Conference competition resulted in a re- 
cord of 7 wins and 5 losses. Lancer Doug Noll ranks second in the nation in 
scoring in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics with 28.8 points 
per game. He is also fourth in the nation in shooting free throws, with 88.9 per- 
cent. Spring sports are now being anticipated by Grace students. The track team 
will be preparing in Florida with Coach Dave Diehl from March 24 - April 2, and the 
baseball team will participate in a 10-team tournament in Boca Raton, Florida, from 
March 27 - April 1 with Coach Don Faas. 

Muskegon, Mich. (EP) — The Chronicles of Narnla , written by C.S. Lewis, will be 
produced as a film by the Episcopal Church on a $3,000,000 grant from the Kraft 
Food Company, according to Joe Weatherly. Mr. Weatherly, vice president-overseas 
of Gospel Films, told EP News Service that the film will be prepared for tele- 
vision release in 1979, and there is "no idea as to when it will be made avail- 
able in the film release." 

Dr. Charles Lee Feinberg, former dean and professor at Talbot Theological Seminary, 
spoke at the morning worship service of the Grace Brethren Chapel, Fremont, Ohio, 
on Feb. 12. That evening the congregations of the Chapel and the Grace Brethren 
Church combined for the privilege of hearing Dr. Feinberg speak. 

La Mirada, Calif. (EP) — Biola College, a liberal arts evangelical institution in 
Orange County, Calif., is celebrating its founding 70 years ago by oil tycoon Lyman 
Stewart, founder also of Union Oil Corporation. 




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Back in my childhood days (that 
era that continues to grow dim), I re- 
member a man in a peanut costume. 
He walked up and down Main Street in 
downtown Akron, Ohio. The Planter 
Nut Shop was his main stroMing area. 
He would pass out samples of the de- 
licious product and hope you would 
become the victim of such a tempta- 
tion. The aroma from the shop always 
made me stop and give due consider- 
ation to the company's product. 

i never fail to think of this child- 
hood experience when I see a can of 
Planter's nuts in a store. Nor is the 
temptation any less today than it was 
years ago. I have been disappointed 
from time to time after the purchase 
was made. You see, I failed to read the 
labels on the exterior of the container. 
Peanuts are alright, but I do love the 
cashews. If you read carefully, you 
will find out that a certain percentage 
of the can will be peanuts (generally 
the percentage is quite high) and the 
balance will be— forgive me— cocktail 
nuts. 

When the can is opened, and I pick 
up a magazine to read, my attention 
on the magazine is never great enough 
to keep me from picking and choosing 
the contents of the can. Some of the 
members of the family can never 
figure out why Mr. Planter did not put 
cashews in the can—he did, but I got 
there before they did. After the 
cashews come the Brazil nuts, and 
with a little luck I might even find a 
macadamia— delight of delights. And 
then if there is still some magazine 
left, it is on to the large volume of 
peanuts. 




Picking Out 
the Castiews! 



Charles W. Turner 
Editor 



Picking out the cashews is not sole- 
ly a habit of eating nuts. For we all 
have the tendency of doing the things 
we like best and then leaving some of 
the less desirable jobs to a later day. 
The thought has occurred to me that 
there is no more time tomorrow than 
there is today. In fact, if I put off a 
job, there is not time to get tomor- 
row's job done. The person who 
knows how to choose wisely is the 
type of person who generally gets 
more accomplished and is a leader. Be- 
sides, picking out only cashews spoils 
the eater. I have found out that 
cashews can be rich for the system, 
and they might even have a negative 
effect on the consumer. 

Establishing priorities is a vital need 
for all of us as persons. It is even more 
important when you take a perspective 
from the spiritual. What are the 
"cashews" of the Christian life any- 



way? Well, many people would say the 
preacher gels all of the "cashews." 
After all, he stands before the people 
and preaches the sermon. How about 
the soloist whose beautiful rendition 
brings tears to the listeners and wor- 
shipers? Maybe it is the Sunday School 
teacher with 300 in the class. The stu- 
dents sit in stunned silence for 40 
minutes as such a teacher brings the 
lesson for the day. These indeed are 
the gems and the choice tasks by many 
people's estimation. 

But maybe, just maybe, that is not 
the way God looks at it. It is not 
always the visibility, or the sheer size 
of the job that makes it choice as 
much as the attitude and motive of the 
doer. Whether it is a willing obedience 
and a desire to bring praise to the Lord 
might be better tests than some of the 
evaluations that we sometimes make. 

I watched a cardinal in all of his 
beauty come to our bird feeder the 
other morning. Snow covered every- 
thing and food was scarce. Cardinals 
are becoming increasingly rare in our 
part of the country. He caught my at- 
tention and I watched him scare away 
the smaller, less colorful birds, then 
settle down at the feeder. He was very 
selective and picked out the best of 
the seed— and then went on to the less 
desirable, and apparently less tasty, 
seeds. He was, in the thought of our 
reflections, "picking out the cashews." 
He knew what he wanted, and that is 
not all bad. But what was bad was that 
he left for the small sparrows the less 
desirable. His selfishness had deprived 
others of the very best, and that is not 
good. 



COVER: 

After arriving in a new country, missionaries 
often discover new and different customs 
and habits to wfiich tfiey must adjust. See 
the story on page 4. 

reported in the herald 

35 Years Ago- 1943 

The Brethren Missionary Herald has 
moved from Fort Wayne, Ind., to 
Winona Lake .... Henry Rinehart 
passed away at Flora, Ind. He was one 
of the founders of the Grace Brethren 
Church there. 

15 Years Ago- 1963 

Rev. J. Paul Dowdy is being loaned by 
the Foreign Missionary Society to 
Grace College for the teaching of Mis- 
sions and Spanish during the 1963-64 
school year .... Happy 50th Anni- 
versary SMM, 1913-1963 Dr. 

Henrietta Mears, nationally known 
founder and editor-in-chief of Gospel 
Light Publications was loosed away 
upward on March 20. 

5 Years Ago- 1973 

Pastor and Mrs. John Gillis were given 
tickets for a 22-day trip to Europe and 
the Holy Land. Presentation by the 
Simi Community Church, Calif. . . . 
Robert Holmes was honored by the 
Homerville Brethren Church for his 22 
years of service. 



Volume 40 Number 7 April, 1978 
Published on the first and fifteenth of 
each month (except— one issue only in the 
months of April, August and December) by 
The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 
P. O, Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Printed by BMH Printing 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Artists, Timothy Kennedy, Gary Nieter 
Production Manager: Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 
Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 
Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 
Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WMC: Linda 
Hoke. 

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contents 

4 ADAPTING TO THE CULTURE 
6 FROM THE DIRECTOR'S DESK 
10 FRANCE FOLIO 

14 PRAYER + ELBOW GREASE = RESULTS 
16 CHICO GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH 
18 A WARM SPIRIT IN COLD ALASKA 
20 GOD USES ABILITIES AND DISABILITIES 
22 GBC CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 
24 THE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 
26 WOMEN MANIFESTING CHRIST 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • BMH News Report 12 • 
• As We Go to Press 36 • 



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letters 



Dear Readers, 

We receive a number of different requests througfiout the 
year. We want to be of service in any way we can to encour- 
age the Brethren to communicate. So, for you Brethren 
"hams"— here goes.—CWT 

Dear Editor, 

I would like to hear from any "hams." That is, amateurs. 
Write to: ARS WBOVKK, Francis M. Brill, Route 2, Box 
253, Kearney, NB 68847. Interest is the possibility of a Net 
among the Brethren and/or other Christian amateurs. 
Thanks. 

I remain His, and yours, 

Francis M. Brill 



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Ron and Carol Warrick sample some French food combinations 
isuch as chocolate spread on French bread. 




Rdapting to the Culture 



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How strange the sounds! The dress, 
the architecture, the food— everything 
is so different! 

Yes, that's the way missionaries 
find it when they arrive on the field. 
You can learn the language with care- 
ful study and application, but how do 
you cope with the strange customs, ab- 
normal habits? 

Strange— to whom? Abnormal— in 
whose judgment? 

As languages differ from country to 
country, so customs and habits differ. 

The Christian witness learns to "be- 
come all things to all men" in order to 
win some. Never compromising the 
Gospel or bringing reproach upon the 
name of Christ, but always seeking to 
accommodate himself to the ways and 
will of others. That's the way the mis- 
sionary ministers. 

He's an American— or a Swiss— or a 
German— or whatever— but he's a mis- 
sionary; that means he adapts to cul- 
tural variations to share the unchang- 
ing Gospel. 

Diana Davis is a new missionary 
who is trying to learn the customs of 
France, where she is in language study. 
Later, she will have to learn to adapt 
to yet another country (Central Afri- 



can Empire) and its customs. Here are 
some of Diana's reactions to living in a 
new culture. 

"Contrast. That is the one word 
that expresses what I've experienced 
so far in adjusting to a new culture, a 
new work, and a new way of life. 

"On September 7, 1977, 1 found 
myself in Albertville, France. After 
years of praying and preparation, I was 
finally in a foreign country as an am- 
bassador for Christ. Even though I am 
only here to learn the language, I feel 
strongly that there are people whom 
the Lord wants me to reach while I'm 
here. 

"How did I feel at that minute 
when I arrived? I was aware of two 
emotions tugging at my heart at the 
same time. First of all, I was so excited 
and thrilled that the Lord had heard 
my prayers all those years, and had an- 
swered in such a clear way that I knew 
this was where He wanted me. And yet 
at the same time, there was a loneli- 
ness unlike anything I had ever experi- 
enced before. I was thousands of miles 
away from my precious family and 
friends. I knew that I wouldn't see 
them for many years. And so I began 
to experience the strange sensation of 



joy and sorrow. What a contrast! 

"It's such fun to walk down the 
streets, hearing French day in and day 
out. Each trip into town helps me real- 
ize that this isn't just a wonderful 
dream, it's a reality. I am here, and I 
am in the process of learning the lan- 
guage that will enable me to teach 
God's Word in the schools in Central 
African Empire. And yet those trips to 
town have also been very trying at 
times. 

"Have you ever gone into a grocery 
store and not been able to read one 
single label or to ask for what you 
need? Again I seem to experience a 
strange mixture of happiness and sad- 
ness delicately woven together by the 
God of all wisdom. The one truth I'm 
learning and having to rely on daily is 
the fact that Jesus Christ is all I need. 
He is all I need for salvation and all I 
need to meet my heart's desires daily. 

"I have found some of the French 
customs and foods extremely enjoy- 
able. The custom of having a two-hour 
lunch break was quite easy to adjust 
to! I'm sure I've eaten more cheese 
(and enjoyed it) than I had eaten in 
my entire life prior to this. The ways 
of the French people are interesting. I 



have been able to make friends with 
several very fine people. And yet, I am 
constantly reminded that I am differ- 
ent and they are different. I have ex- 
perienced periods of homesickness for 
the familiar and comfortable things 
that are a part of my past. For ex- 
ample, my sister told me in a letter 
right before Thanksgiving that she had 
begun making pumpkin pies! That one 
statement bounced around in my mind 
for days because it represented a very 
special part of the past. I was forced to 
realize that Thanksgiving and Christ- 
mas and so many other special days 
would be celebrated in different ways. 
The contrast is always there: the joy 
of learning new and wonderful things 
and at the same time, the memories of 
the precious past. 

"You may be wondering if I ever 
study, and I can quickly assure you 
that I do. I spend hours a day— in class, 
then after class trying to assimilate all 
I heard that day. Even in my studying, 
I've been aware of the differences. 

"Have you ever had to give a 
speech? I'm sure that you have. How- 
ever, if you forgot exactly what you 
had planned to say, you could always 
reword it and express yourself in an 
acceptable way. What a shock sudden- 
ly to be unable to express yourself or 
to have the vocabulary of a two year 
old! At home I taught Bible and often 
Sunday School, but now I have diffi- 
culty giving a 5-minute lesson. Soon 
it will be 10, and 15, and then 30 
minutes! Even through the struggle, 
there are always signs of progress. 

"My life has been full of changes 
lately— tremendous changes— but in the 
midst of them all I have found Jesus 
Christ to be exactly the same. Hebrews 
13:8 says, 'Jesus Christ, the same 
yesterday, and to day, and for ever.' 
And He's the One who said, 'All 
power is given unto me in heaven and 
in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach 
all nations ' (Matt. 28:18-19)." 

Rich and Sheryl Coburn are also 
new missionaries. They are serving the 
Lord in Argentina. "Contrast" seems 
to be the main word for their adjust- 
ments, also. The following are some of 
their first impressions of the country 
where they will be entering the mis- 
sion work. 

"Argentina is a country of many 
contrasts. There are thousands of cars 
on the roads, but one is just as apt to 
see a horse and wagon— even in the 
great city of Buenos Aires. 



"The people dress very much like 
people do in the USA. Jeans are very 
popular. The miniskirt is almost non- 
existant, but so is the maxiskirt. The 
houses look very American except that 
the materials used are bricks and con- 
crete. Wood is very expensive. 

"The women go out every morning 
to do their shopping. There is the 
butcher shop, the bakery, the vege- 
table store, the corner store, the news- 
stand, and all sorts of specialty shops. 
Basically, the women buy only what 
they can use in a day or two. 

"It took quite a while to learn to 
handle the money. Everything is fig- 
ured in pesos of various denomina- 
tions-!; 5; 20; 50; 100; 500; 1,000; 
5,000; and 10,000. But since inflation 
has been so high in recent years, all the 
numbers are big. A liter of milk costs 
125 pesos. A nice refrigerator sells for 
200,000 pesos. To top it off, there are 
two systems of money— the old and 
the new. Everyone talks in the old 
system, but pays in the new. We were 
really confused during those first few 
months, and we're still having trouble! 

"A very common sight here is the 
cola. A cola is a line of people waiting 
to do something. One may join a cola 
to wait for a store to open, to pay 
bills, to catch a bus, to buy almost 
anything, to conduct business in a 
government office, to send a telegram, 
and so on. Many times they arc blocks 
long. It is possible to spend more than 
a hundred hours in colas every year! 
These people certainly have patience. 

"Probably the biggest problem 



Sometimes it takes a German-French dictionary for 
the Pappases to figure out what they are buying. 



ahead of us is learning to understand 
how an Argentine thinks. We are very 
content in our new country." 

Yes, the missionary learns many 
things about his new country. Some he 
likes, some he can't understand, and 
some he can't decide on. But he adapts 
to these cultural differences. That's 
the way the missionary receives oppor- 
tunities to share the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ. 



Howard Immel grates some cheese for 
the French cuisine he is preparing. 






The bridge on the Gurapi River collapsed— leaving boats as the only 
link between the states of Para and Maranhao. 



talist businessman-'Crwze/njs (profits) 
already blinding his common sense— 
"It will hold ten!" 

With that word of reassurance from 
a total stranger, six tired, otherwise 
rational, conservative and not overly 
courageous adults gingerly stepped and 
balanced their way into the— excuse 
the expression— boat. Instantly we 
were underway with the canoe heading 
into the darkness toward the little 
lights on the other side. I was sitting in 
the front-at first oblivious to our 
plight. For some reason, I put my 
hand on the gunwale and allowed my 
fingers to touch the water. 

"Touch the water! Hey! That water 
is a lot closer than it should be! There 
is only an inch and a half freeboard 
left in this craft!" was the message 



From the Director's Desk 

Highlights from My South American Visi 



John Zielasko 

FMS editor's note: Foreign Board 
members Dean Fetterhoff and Scott 
Weauer, with General Director John 
Zielasko, visited the mission fields in 
Brazil and Argentina during the month 
of January. The following are a few of 
Mr. Zielasko 's impressions of that trip. 

Midnight Madness 

It was midnight on the banks of the 
Gurapi River in northern Brazil. The 
blackness of the night (probably not as 
dark as I now remember it) veiled the 
danger we were soon to encounter. 
Hours ago, we had left the mission 
residence and walked in the heat of a 
bright, tropical day to the banks of the 
river. 

A few weeks before, the bridge 
linking the states of Para and Maran- 
hao by the new federal highway, had 
collapsed. Thus, the steady flow of 
buses and trucks which was opening 
up the economic possibilities of that 
former wilderness had ceased. 

Enthralled by the sights, we made 
our way through the many new activi- 
ties created by the bridge disaster. 
Temporary shelters had been hastily 
erected by enterprising Brazilians to 
provide drink, food, and refreshment 
for people waiting for transportation. 
A jeep had just been brought across 
the river on planks laid over two dug- 
out canoes; now men were straining to 



push it up the embankment to the 
road. Others were unloading a truck 
and piling bags of salt on a barge to be 
towed across the river where the 
process would be reversed. In the 
midst of all this activity and con- 
fusion, a young girl sat in the shallow 
water washing the family's clothes and 
dishes. Along with others desiring to 
cross the river, we boarded a motor- 
launch and sat on the roof in order to 
enjoy the sights as we crossed. 

All of this had taken place hours 
before. Now we were back at that river 
again, having spent the evening in 
meetings down the road. The scene, 
this time, was different. All was quiet 
and serene. The hustle and the bustle 
of the day had given way to the slum- 
ber and solitude of the night. There 
were no stevedores loading cargo and 
no motorboats competing for pas- 
sengers. Our host, the missionary, 
broke the silence of that tropical night 
by calling for a boat. 

Minutes passed, but no one re- 
sponded. No lights signaled acknowl- 
edgment of the call and no motors 
began to turn. Suddenly, out of the 
darkness, a dugout canoe glided into 
sight. In the stern sat a young Brazilian 
who must have been all of 12 years 
old. He was paddling the canoe with 
an oar about the size of a Ping-Pong 
paddle. "Hey, fellow!" shouted our in- 
trepid missionary, "Will that boat hold 
six?" 

Six!" replied our newly made capi- 



that my fingers flashed to my brain. 

However, not wanting to frighten 
my colleagues, I kept my sudden sei- 
zure of fear to myself. But it was only 
seconds before another passenger was 
enlightened with the same set of 
facts-and where he sat, he informed 
us (in no uncertain terms), the water 
was just an inch short of spilling into 
that noble, but overcrowded hol- 
lowed-out tree trunk. Just one little 
wave, or a slight shifting of weight, 
and we would be thrashing in the 
waters of a state boundary. Frankly, I 
preferred to forego the honor. 

At that moment we were in danger 
of losing a veteran missionary couple, 
two U.S. pastors and board members, 
to say nothing of who at the moment 
was of even greater concern to me— the 
general director of the society. To 
make matters worse, the current was 
carrying us downstream and our oars- 
man, with his mini-sized paddle, was 
having all he could do to make head- 
way across the river. Fortunately, no 

A dugout canoe crosses the Gun 
River carrying its cargo of humans. 



one rocked the boat, and as soon as 
the dugout got out of the strong cur- 
rent in the middle, we were able to 
make the shore with little difficulty. 

Now surely there is a moral to this 
story. After a little reflection, I found 
two. 

1) Don't take the word of a 12- 
year-old boy (or a 50-year-old man, 
for that matter) on face value. God ex- 
pects you to use your own judgment. 

2) When you do get into trouble, 
and you know good and well it's your 
own fault, the Lord in His grace may 
get you through unscathed. But don't 
press your luck— the next time God 
may permit you to suffer the conse- 
quences. 

Tempting the laws of nature by 
putting six in a boat made for only 
three (in spite of what our Brazilian 
friend claimed) is not faith— it's fool- 
ish. Thank you. Lord, for taking care 
of us. 

Burk's Brazil 

It was early morning on the banks 



A woman and her son paddled up 
in a dugout canoe and a man arrived 
on a horse. In the distance, the sound 
of a little diesel engine echoed through 
the trees. It was a river boat owned 
and operated by a member of the con- 
gregation, we were informed. He had 
been picking up believers since before 
dawn; stopping at their homes along 
the river so that all would be there on 
time. 

We watched from the top of the hill 
as the boat docked and the people 
made their way up the long steep path. 
It was a hot, sunny day, so all soon 
found refuge in the shade under the 
house and sat on benches provided as 
they waited for others to arrive. 

A group of about 45 adults, almost 
equally divided between men and 
women, soon was seated at the com- 
munion table. There were two ob- 
servers. One was a former spirit medi- 
um, recently saved out of the Brazilian 
brand of spiritism known as Macumba. 
Next time she will no doubt be seated 
at the Lord's table as well. 




Rev. John Zlelasko speaks to 
home for a communion service. 

of the Guama River, a tributary of the 
mighty Amazon. Thirty-six hours be- 
fore we had left the cold, snow- 
covered airport at Chicago. In the 
quiet steaming heat of the jungle, we 
were in a different world. 

But there was no time to stand 
around enjoying the scenery— this was 
going to be a busy and important day. 
Immediately after breakfast, the furni- 
ture was moved and tables set up in 
the combined living room/kitchen 
area. Little dishes were placed on the 
tables along with the tray of com- 
munion bread. Soon, Brazilians began 
to arrive. 



the believers gathered at Bill Burk's 

As I listened to the testimonies and 
observed the faces of these relatively 
new Christians, I marveled at the grace 
of God, was humbled before their 
simple faith, and rejoiced in the fact 
that because of the missionary pro- 
gram, these people know Christ as 
their Saviour and Lord. They were 
reached through the boat ministry of 
Bill and Imogene Burk. Praise the 
Lord. 

Death Cheated 

Brethren missionaries not only of- 
fer eternal life in Christ, they some- 
times literally save the physical lives of 




Scott Weaver participates in the foot- 
washing section of the communion ser- 
vice. 

the people with whom they work. 
Many examples come to mind, but the 
case that stands out at the moment 
happened while we were with mission- 
ary Eddie Miller. Shortly before we 
arrived in Brazil, Eddie was called 
upon to assist in an emergency— a wom- 
an who was having a difficult child- 
birth (this was her twelfth child, I be- 
lieve) would die if not taken to the 
doctor immediately. 

Now, in the interior of Brazil, that 
is not just a matter of driving a few 
miles to the nearest well-equipped and 
adequately staffed hospital. In fact, a 
hospital it isn't— medical dispensary 
would be a more accurate term. And if 
you arrive early in the morning, as was 
the case in this instance, the doctor 
will be hard to find. But that's a story 
in itself. It is sufficient to relate that 
medical help was obtained and the 
baby, who had died in the womb, was 
delivered. At least the mother's life 
was spared and she was reunited with 
her family. 

The missionary related this story to 
us as we drove along the road where 
the incident had occurred. Soon we 
were near the family's home, and 
Eddie decided to stop in and see how 
the patient was doing. We pulled off 
the road, saw an isolated mud hut 
about 100 yards off the highway, and 
made our way toward it. In Brazil, you 
clap your hands together to announce 
your presence, rather than rapping on 
the door. Soon a man appeared to wel- 
come us. 

The woman was resting in a ham- 
mock, but as soon as her husband noti- 
fied her that we were there, she got up 
to greet us. 

When she appeared, we found our- a; 
selves in the presence of a woman who 2 
looked like a zombie. She was so 
anemic that her normally dark skin 
was a sickly pale yellow. A few ques- 
tions revealed that she was not getting 
proper care or medication. After a few 
minutes, we left— but not without a 
conviction that something would have 



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to be done to alleviate her plight. 
Hastily, arrangements were made with 
the local druggist, and the woman was 
brought to his office where she re- 
ceived intravenous feedings over a 
period of several hours. We drove on 
to our meeting that night with a prom- 
ise to return. And return we did, to 
find a woman who was already feeling 
much better and deeply grateful for 
the care and concern for her health 
that had been lavished upon her. Her 
home was on the route that we had to 
take in order to get back to the mis- 
sion residence, so we took her home to 
her grateful family. By continuing her 
medication, she should soon be on the 
road to recovery. Without this inter- 
vention by the missionary, death 
would have claimed her. 

Missionaries, especially evangelical 
missionaries, are accused of minister- 
ing to the soul but neglecting the 
body. They are reproached for not be- 
ing socially relevant. I am convinced 
that missionaries who place the salva- 
tion of men in a priority position do 
more for the physical well-being of the 
human race than those who claim to 
be social reformers, but care nothing 
for the spiritual needs of the human 
heart. 

Pioneer Church Planting 

A ribbon of blacktop cuts through 
virgin territory in northeast Brazil. 
Until recently, it was the unchallenged 
domain of the Guariba (howling) 
monkeys, snakes, parakeets and even a 
few Indians. But this federal highway 
has opened up thousands of acres of 
land and attracted farmers, merchants, 
salesmen, and cattle ranchers. This 
main artery between the states of 
Maranhao and Para bears the traffic of 
thousands of trucks and buses trans- 
porting goods and people. The towns 
and villages mushrooming along the 
road provide a fertile field for evangel- 
ism and church planting. Rev. and Mrs. 
Edward Miller have accepted the chal- 
lenge of this road and have made it 
Eddie Miller assisted this woman when 
she was having a difficult childbirth. Be- 
cause of his caring, this woman Is alive 
and living with her family. 



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their field of service. Let's go with 
them to an evangelistic service in one 
of the newest towns, Encruso. 

The foundation for the work in this 
town, as in others all along the way, is 
believers who were saved in the 
churches farther up the road starting 
in Capanema. As the road progressed 
farther south, these folks (merchants, 
for the most part) followed the oppor- 
tunities in the newer towns. They took 
with them their Christian faith, and 
thus helped the missionary to begin 

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saxophone solo, as well as several num- 
bers accompanied by the accordion. 
The congregation sang, and oh, how 
they sang! And then a young convert, 
husband of one of the girls who had 
been a Christian for many years, gave 
his testimony. Well, that was what he 
was asked to do. Instead, he preached 
a sermon exhorting the people to com- 
mitment to )esus Christ. The mission- 
ary and guests were delighted because 
here was an answer to prayer. The 
churches are in desperate need of pas- 




An accordionist accompanies Rev. Dean Fetterhoff as he plays his 
saxophone during the service with Eddie Miller at Encruso. 



works in new communities. 

It was dusk when we pulled up in 
front of a dry goods store. After intro- 
ductions, we made our way down to 
the church building. The missionary 
mounted a loudspeaker on the roof of 
the truck cab and drove through the 
town playing records and announcing 
a special meeting for that evening. 
"Friends, you don't want to miss the 
evangelical meeting tonight. There will 
be special treats such as Gospel magic 
performed by one of the visiting pas- 
tors, and musical numbers on a saxo- 
phone by another." Apparently the 
announcements did the job. At meet- 
ing time, what a thrill to see the chapel 
filled and realize that the majority of 
these people were not acquainted with 
the message of the Gospel. 

The missionary led the service; the 
congregation sang hymns, mostly to 
tunes familiar to American Christians. 
A Brazilian played the accordion and 
several of the Christians sang special 
numbers. Scott Weaver gave a Gospel 
magic lesson, much to the delight and 
undivided attention of both kids and 
grown-ups. Dean Fetterhoff played a 



tors and this young man not only has_^ 
the desire to preach, but has the abili- 
ty to preach. He will be discipled by 
the missionary. 

After another special number, I had 
the opportunity to use my rusty Por- 
tuguese and teach from the Scriptures. 
That night there were three first-time 
decisions for Christ. One convert was 
the husband of a woman who had 
been saved years before. At first her 
husband was antagonistic, resentful 
that his wife was a Christian. But, now 
after many years of prayer and faithful 
witness by his wife and others, his re- 
sistance was broken and he bowed the 
knee before jesus Christ. Thus, he 
joined his wife as a believer. Tears of 
joy were shed that night by that fami- 
ly. 

Church-planting missionaries, like 
Eddie Miller working out there in 
pioneer situations, often have heart- ' 
warming and thrilling experiences like 
this one. Don't you envy him? 
Wouldn't you like to join him? One 
missionary couple along this highway 
can't reap the vast harvest in Brazil all 
alone. 



foreign missions 




Impact in France 



Nineteen seventy-eight will be an 
important year in France for two 
reasons. First, it was the year of a 
legislative election that took place in 
March. These elections determined the 
character of the French political scene 
for several years. 



level. Each evangelical church and 
mission is being encouraged to make 
an all-out effort to reach men and 
women for Christ. Though Impact 78 
may lack the structure necessary to 
have real organizational impact, it is 
conditioning Christians to renew their 



Eighty-three percent of new Chris- 
tians interviewed in France trace their 
conversion to the influence of a per- 
sonal friend or member of the family. 
This is evidence that this strategy can 
be effective. 

Pray that Impact 78 will have a 



Pray for Impact 78, New Life for All in Jesus Christ— evangelism campaign in France. 



Another reason for the importance 
of 1978, will be less evident to the 
general public. This year will be a year 
of evangelism for all of France under 
the designation, "Impact 78, New Life 
for All in Jesus Christ." 

Impact 78 seeks to mobilize Chris- 
tians in evangelism on the grass roots 



vision of the fields white unto harvest 
in France. For the Brethren staff in 
France, 1978 is a year of emphasis on 
evangelism. 

The strategy of the Brethren work 
in France grew out of two convictions: 
1) that there is a gulf between the 
people of France and the evangelical 
churches, and 2) that methods usually 
used are too impersonal to be effec- 
tive. 



significant effect on France and that 
our missionaries will sec fruit in their 
ministries and will be able to encour- 
age the Christians to share their faith 
with their friends and families. Also 
pray that the activities organized 
might be means for leading more 
people to a knowledge of the Gospel. 



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foreign missions 




At about 4:30 in the afternoon, Doris 
)ulien prepares tea and coffee- a nice way 
to renew fellowship. 




The vveelxcnd begins when the committee of the 
French association (consisting of five members) meets 
to share suggestions and make plans. 



What is a Chateau weekend? 

It is a monthly gathering for 
Christians of the region and is a 
time to share, study the Word 
and worship together. The week- 
end provides an opportunity to 
bring friends to special programs. 
It's an event that helps Christians 
feel a part of a spiritual fellow- 
ship in a different dimension 
than the local church. For many 
people, it is a spiritual highlight 
of the month. 




The remainder of 
Saturday is devoted to 
the study of the Word 
of God. This year the 
theme is "Man and His 
Destiny." 



Sunday morning be- 
gins with prayer at 8:00 
in the Chateau parlor. 





Prayer is followed by 
breakfast. French bread Is 
the "breakfast of cham- 
pions" in France. 



After breakfast, the 
noon meal preparation 
starts. This month it was 
the group from Chalon's 
turn to fix the food. Nancy 
Gegner helps with the 
cookery. 





Morning worship was also planned by those 
from Chalon during this particular month. Dave 
Shargel, at the rear of the meeting room with 
several Christians from Chalon, directs the pag- 
eant they had prepared. Cheryl Shargel (not 
shown) played the organ. 



Vicki DeArmey is in charge of 
organizing the children's ministries. 
Her husband Larry lends a helping 
hand with the youngsters. 





Baptisms are a special 
blessing at the Chateau. 
Larry DeArmey prays for 
IVlarie-Agnes, a fine Chris- 
tian secretary who lives in 
Lyon. 



About 90 were served 
dinner in the Chateau this 
month. The only problem 
was that two shifts were 
necessary. 





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D Washington, D.C. (EP)-U.S. Health, Education and Wel- 
fare (HEW) Secretary Joseph A. Califano has announced a 
$23 million anti-smoking campaign. The campaign will de- 
pend largely on voluntary action and will include proposed 
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federal buildings, strengthen health warnings on cigarette 
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plan as the most sweeping effort ever to break the smoking 
habits of some 55 million Americans who smoke, the pro- 
posal would not include cutting federal price supports for 
farmers raising tobacco. The federal government spends $80 
million a year to support the growing of tobacco and its 
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DIEHL, O. Earl, Feb. 5, a member of First Brethren 
Church, Dayton, Ohio, for 54 years. He served the Lord 
faithfully as chairman of the Deacon Board and as Sunday 
School superintendent. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 
SMITH, Flynn, 61, Dec. 23, a faithful member of the First 
Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 
WYSONG, Irma B., 75, Dec. 26, an active member of the 
First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, for over 55 years. G. 
Forrest Jackson, pastor. 



nSan Antonio (EP) — Anita Bryant, who used to sing at 
secular concerts for $8,500 or more a night, now appears as 
the featured attraction at patriotic-religious revivals and 
shares the donations given at the rallies. Miss Bryant, who 
appeared here recently at the Revive America Crusade, said 
she has lost every secular booking since she became identi- 
fied as the national leader of the anti-homosexual rights 
movement. She said her main source of income now is the 
Florida Citrus Commission, which has retained her services 
as its chief promoter of orange juice through 1979, at 
SI 00,000 a year. 

□ Washington, Ga. (EP)— Georgia Baptists are planning 
their own style of barn raising this month. A swarm of 100 
men from all parts of the state will volunteer to rebuild 
Mulberry Baptist Church, a Black Baptist church recently 
destroyed by fire. Concrete workers and brick masons are 
scheduled to pour the foundation March 11 and then begin 
construction March 16. "Nobody will be paid anything," 
said R. Eugene Dailey, brotherhood secretary for the 
Georgia Baptist Convention. "The architect, the general 
contractor, right on down to the last handyman will be 
volunteers." Mulberry Baptist was one of four churches in 
the Washington area destroyed by vandals Dec. 18, 1977. 

□ Final services were held at the Grace Brethren Church of 
the Palm Beaches in Lake Worth, Fla., on Feb. 26, 1978. 

n"AII American Day" was a special Sunday for the congre- 
gation of the Riverside Grace Brethren Church of Johns- 
town, Pa. The mayor of Johnstown, the mayor of Altoona, 
and local firemen and policemen attended the service on 
Sunday, Feb. 19, and were each presented with a copy of 
The Open Bible. 

□ The ordination of Rev. Kenneth J. Stoll took place on 
Dec. 11, 1977, in the Suburban Grace Brethren Church of 
Hatboro, Pa. Mr. Stoll has been the pastor there since 
November 1975. He was a 1974 graduate of Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary, where he received the Master of Divinity 
degree. Both he and his wife, Robin, are graduates of Grace 
College. Following seminary, Mr. Stoll was the assistant 
pastor of the First Brethren Church, Rittman, Ohio, where 
he was licensed in 1974. 

□ The "Faith Action Rally" was a successful evening for 
the congregation of the Bethel Brethren Church of Osceola, 
Ind. The rally included a banquet, a musical segment by the 
Kuriakos Singers, and a message by Rev. Bradley Price of 
Kokomo. Those in attendance were asked to turn in an 
anonymous card indicating the stewardship commitment 
they were making to the Lord. A tally of the cards received 
showed that almost everyone was committed to faithfully 
attend services and to offer themselves for an area of minis- 
try in the church. Also, twenty-two people plan to begin 
tithing, and thirty people will increase their giving above 
the tithe. With those commitments, a total of $807 a week 
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□ Pastor and Mrs. Mason Cooper were honored by mem- 
bers of the Rosemont Grace Brethren Church of Martins- 
burg, W. Va., on their wedding anniversary recently. The 
celebration was included with the annual mid-winter picnic, 
hosted by the WMC. Following the meal. Rev. Solon Hoyt 
was the featured speaker. 

□ Tupelo, Miss. (EP) — God, in some form, is the third most 
used term of profanity on prime-time television, according 
to a monitoring study sponsored by the National Federa- 
tion for Decency. CBS was the top profanity-oriented net- 
work. The study covered 864.5 hours of prime-time viewing 
last fall. Viewers were exposed to 1,054 words of profanity. 
"We see an increasing amount of profanity on the tube," 
stated Donald E. Wildmon, executive director of the NFD. 

□ A memorial fund has been established for Mrs. William 
(Helen Maurine) Schaffer for the Northwest District Camp 
Clear Lake. 

□ South Orange, N.J. (EP)— Jews can be "born again" with- 
out becoming Christians or Jews for Jesus, says a rabbi. 
"Judaism has its own 'born again' experience," according to 
Rabbi Herbert Weiner, professor of Jewish mysticism at 
Seton Hall University, a Roman Catholic school here. This 
Jewish "born again" experience comes through Jewish 
mysticism, he says. Jewish mysticism, which is often over- 
looked by modern Jews, provides avenues through which a 
spiritual experience can occur, faith in God can be retooled 
or reawakened or some other type of "born again" en- 
counter can take place. Rabbi Weiner says. 



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When Christ said, "... I will build 

my church " (Matt. 16:18), He did 

not intend for Christians to sit in their 
pews and wait for church growth to 
mystically appear. Rather, each mem- 
ber's responsibility to evangelize his 
community is tied closely with growth. 

The pastor and members of the 
North Kokomo Grace Brethren 
Church, Kokomo, Indiana, have a 
handle on church growth. Since Sep- 
tember 1977, North Kokomo has held 
the lead in its division for Sunday 
School growth. But the increases in at- 
tendance and membership have not 
come without large expenditures of 
time and money. During the last nine 
months, offerings have exceeded the 
norm, members are actively inviting 
neighbors, and the pastor puts in long 
hours visiting prospects. 

The North Kokomo church has 
been the subject of prayer for the 
2,500 Indiana Grace Brethren mem- 
bers, as well as other concerned Brelh- 



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ren across the nation. A year ago at 
this time, the newly built facility was 
the meeting place for less than 20 be- 
lievers. Through some difficult circum- 
stances, God was preparing this small 
nucleus of members for His shepherd 
and His timing. 

With the assistance of the Indiana 
District and The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council, the work at North 
Kokomo continued. As the road to 
growth became blocked with ob- 
stacles, the faithful support of prayer 
warriors produced results. 

On July 31, 1977, Evangelist Bill 
Smith consented to fill the pulpit until 
a full-time pastor could be found. Liv- 
ing in Winona Lake and operating a 
used car business, Mr. Smith com- 
muted to Kokomo on Sundays. 

As a dedication speaker on May 1 8, 
1975, Bill had previous exposure to 



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this work. In the week that followed 
the dedication, Mr, Smith saw many 
decisions made as he held evening 
crusade meetings. Now as a part-time 
pastor, he began to reap dividends 
from that earlier experience. Two 
women who had accepted Christ at the 
crusade started attending North Ko- 
komo when they heard Mr. Smith was 
back. God continued to reveal His 
timing as attendance rapidly grew. 

By the end of September, the 
church had experienced a high of 40 
and was reflecting a positive influence 
on the community. Going back to his 
business on weekdays, Bill often 
thought about how much more effec- 
tive his ministry could be if more time 
was spent in Kokomo. 

With the confirmation of the Holy 
Spirit, Bill accepted the Council's offer 
and assumed the pastorale full time. 
Reflecting on this experience, Bill 
recalls how he had no intention of 
pastoring the congregation when he 
began commuting. But within a few 
short weeks, Bill and his wile Phyllis 
began to pray for the work. "The Lord 
put a great burden on our hearts for 
North Kokomo— for the people 
there— and God worked in a great and 
a very definite way." 

Selling out his inventory of used 
cars, the Smiths moved to Kokomo in 
October. In the seven months that Bill 
has been pastoring full time, he has 
made a point of going to where the 
people are. 

Sacrificing office work, Mr. Smith 
spends the vast majority of his week- 
days knocking on doors and making 
contacts throughout the community. 
Meeting with unchurched businessmen 
for breakfast or lunch and simply tak- 
ing advantage of daily contacts, 
Smith's list of perspective members is 
constantly increasing. 



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In one instance, Bill hit a gold mine 
of prospects when he bought a tire at a 
local Goodyear store. Before he left 
with the tire, Bill had given a church 
brochure to all the salesmen and office 
employees. "Someday they will need a 
pastor and will come to church," Bill 
says. Showing a genuine concern for 
people, Mr. Smith continues to stop 
by the store to let them know he cares 
about their needs. 

The members of North Kokomo are 
also actively involved in utilizing con- 
tacts. Bill's goal of one new family 
visiting each Sunday has been greatly 
surpassed as members are inviting and 
bringing friends to the services. As 
with any growing church, this congre- 
gation is bubbling with an excitement 
and anticipation that tempts visitors to 
become involved. 

Although the people are excited 
and the visitors are coming. Bill knows 
that all the labor would be in vain if 
the services were not attractively pre- 
senting the Gospel and the people sin- 





cerely responding. Hardly a Sunday 
passes without decisions being made. 

The climax of growth is seen when 
babes in Christ respond in baptism and 
become active, growing members of 
the church. By conducting baptismal 
services during the morning worship 
services, the people, seeing what is in- 
volved, are more eager to follow 
Christ's command. Twelve such Chris- 
tians desired to be baptized on March 
5, but the service was postponed since 
the church had replied to the energy 
crunch by turning off the hot water. 

Mr. Smith also attributes the 
growth of North Kokomo to the at- 
mosphere of the services. Adding vari- 
ety and keeping the structure of the 
service relaxed helps to make the visi- 
tors feel welcomed. The coffee break 
between the 9:30 a.m. worship service 
and Sunday School encourages the 
members to meet the guests. 

Bill is the first to point out that 
there is nothing mysterious about his 
work. "All that I'm doing here is what 
I've suggested to the fellows all 



through the years. Get out where the 
people are . . . meet their needs . . . 
keep the people (members) enthused 
about the work . . . and keep the serv- 
ices relaxed!" 

The result from such a ministry 
has been phenomenal. The three fami- 
lies attending when Bill began his min- 
istry are but a fraction of the thirty- 
plus which are now involved. In this 
month of April it is very likely that, as 
God continues to bless, ihe average 
morning attendance will push the hun- 
dred mark. 

There are many reasons for the ac- 
celerated growth at North Kokomo. 
Ultimately the increases are from God. 
But there is no denying the fact that 
the prayerful support and hard work 
of both the pastor and members yield 
results! 




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Chico Grace Brethren Church 

Ordains Pastor 



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In 1955, Mr. Lloyd Woolman be- 
came the first Sunday School superin- 
tendent at the newly organized Grace 
Brethren Church at Grandview, Wash- 
ington. It was there that God called 
him to begin preparation for the 
Brethren ministry. From that point 
on, he has had a keen interest in the 
work of Brethren Home Missions. 

He moved his family to Winona 
Lake, Indiana, in 1956, and began his 
preparation at Grace Theological Semi- 
nary. While at seminary he began a 
ministry of teaching in Grace Schools, 
and served on the faculty for 13 years. 

Mr. Woolman felt God's direction 
to the pastorate in 1974. He consulted 
The Brethren Home Missions Council 
concerning any needs for pastoral lead- 
ership. The Chico, California, Grace 
Brethren Church had a real need, and 
the community surrounding Chico 
State College became a beckoning 
hand to him. 

Having been licensed to the Breth- 
ren ministry for these years, Mr. Wool- 
man recently sought to be ordained. 
He was examined and approved by the 



Nor-Cal District examining board, and 
the ordination date was set to coin- 
cide with the western Home Missions 
workshop. 

Dr. Lester E, Pifer, executive secre- 
tary of The Brethren Home Missions 
Council, under whose direction Mr. 
Woolman serves, was invited to speak 
and to conduct the ordination service. 
The church made excellent prepara- 
tion for a full day of Home Missions 
emphasis and a special service of ordi- 
nation. 

Mr. Ennis Rife, vice moderator, 
read the authorization letters from the 
district examining board and the 
church. Rev. Gerald Twombly, who 
spoke at the Sunday School hour on 
"A Year at Grace Schools," read the 
Scriptural authorization for the minis- 
try. The questions and vows were de- 
livered by Dr. Lester Pifer; and Rev. 
Paul Rhodes led in the prayer of con- 
secration. 

Mr. Vere Raley, prominent busi- 
nessman in the Chico area, was the 
soloist for the day. There was also a 
beautiful musical selection by the local 



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church chorale. Mr. and Mrs. Raley 
presented a beautiful, used Conn organ 
to the church, as a family gift. The 
organ will be formally dedicated later. 

The message of the morning cen- 
tered on three gifts which God had 
given for a spiritual ministry. The win- 
dows of heaven were opened at the in- 
vitation as a large number of Christian 
people were consecrated for member- 
ship, baptism, and a greater dedication 
to God's work. Several people made 
first-time confessions of faith. 

Sunday night, the Home Missions 



presentation in multi-media, "The 
Brethren Family Grows with Home 
Missions," was shown. Four more de- 
cisions, and another decision for bap- 
tism were made following the service. 
Rev. and Mrs. Lloyd Woolman re- 
joiced in God's blessing with their 
people. They enjoyed a fine carry-in 
dinner with a lovely decorated cake 
for the special occasion. It was a heart- 
warming day— a day of great fellow- 
ship with a special breakthrough in 
spiritual dedication of the pastor and 
his wife, his congregation and friends. 




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Youth Group— Directors Icnv and |ill Ban 
John Snyder— Sunday School Superintendent 




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The wcalher and temperature 
around Kenai, Alaska, has been cold 
with a lot of snow, but the weather or 
the temperatures have not dampened 
the warm spirit of the Kenai church. 

Since the dedication of the new 
church building, )uly 10, 1977, the 
Lord has blessed. The youth, under 
the direction of Terry and |ill Barr, 
have made great strides in accepting 
their portion of the responsibility in 
reaching the community. They have 
taken the old sanctuary, a double-wide 
trailer complex, and converted it to 
their own meeting location. The youth 
group is known as the "Hope of 
Glory." 

Another first at Kenai is a Christian 
school, called Cook Inlet Academy. 
The school has a conventional curricu- 
lum for grades three through six, and 
is a branch of Cook Inlet Academy of 
Soldotna, Alaska, which has all grades 
through twelve. Our own Ted Titus, 
formerly of the Osceola, Indiana, area, 
is one of the instructors. 

It's a hardy lot who attend the 
Kenai Grace Brethren Church— and 
snow and cold temperatures just do 
not keep the folks from the worship 
services. We in Alaska are prepared for 
it. 




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Cook Inlet Academy— Recess Time 



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The Missionary Helpers Club, spon- 
sored by Glenn and AdaMae Knepper, 
is also new at Kenai Grace. We praise 
the l_ord for the Kneppers, as they 
also conduct our children's church 
each Loid's Day. The Kneppers, for- 
merly of Toppenish, Washington, are a 
vital part of Kenai Grace Brethren 
along with their three teens who are 
very much involved with our youth. 

When it comes to firsts, our Sunday 
School cannot be left out. John 
Snyder, our Sunday School superin- 
tendent, reflects the happy news that 
goes with being number one for the 
Lord in Sunday School— as you can see 
in the picture. (He even wore a coat 
that matches the banner we received 
from Winona Lake.) 

Thanks to all of you folks in the 
"Lower 48" who have been so faithful 
to pray. When it comes to blessing, the 
Lord has been very busy in Kenai. 




God Uses Abilities 



On a recent trip to California, Dr. Lester E. Pifer had 
the privilege of interviewing iVlr. and Mrs. Rees Price. 
The Prices are members of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, California, and have three sons— Joe, Jim 
and John. Joe serves on the staff of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, California; Jim serves on the staff 
of Whittier Community Brethren Church, Whittier, Cali- 
fornia; and John is a fireman v^ith the Los Angeles Coun- 
ty Fire Department. 

Mr. Price, a carpenter, joined the Los Angeles County 
Fire Department in 1947. In 1974, he was injured v^'hile 
on duty and was retired on disability. It was at this point 
that the Prices felt led of the Lord to give the rest of 
their lives to serving the Lord wherever He could use 
their talents. 

The Lord has used the talents of the Prices in a num- 
ber of Brethren Home Missions projects. They have 
worked at San Jose, California; Sacramento, California; 
Tucson, Arizona; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Brethren 
Navajo Mission; and the former home mission church at 
Taos, New Mexico. In addition to these, they have 
worked at the Whittier Community and the Modesto Big 
Valley churches in California. 

When asked by Dr. Pifer what kind of salary they 
received, the Prices replied, "We just take whatever the 
people want to give us and are appreciative for it, for we 
know the Lord will take care of us." The Prices realize 
their equipment will soon need to be replaced, and cur- 
rently place all gifts in a fund for this purpose. They 
travel, live and work out of a 30-foot fifth wheeler 
pulled by a Ford truck. 

it is interesting how the Prices got into the painting 
and carpentry ministry. They had traveled extensively 
and noticed that a number of churches they visited were 
in need of paint and repairs. Mr. Price's words were, "I 
think the Lord's buildings should be the most attractive 
in town, regardless of age, and that's the way I try to 
make them look when I finish with them." 

Mrs. Price also performs services while her husband 
is wielding the paintbrush and hammer. One of these 
ministries is letters, cards and tracts— she mails them by 
the hundreds each month. The letters and cards go to 
missionaries, lonely people, and others along the way. 
She also assists the pastor's secretary, youth pastor, and 
pastor's wife in many of their duties, especially in the 
area of paper work. 

You always meet people who cannot understand why 
talented people want to use their talents for the Lord, 
rather than make money. Following the Prices' ministry 
in Taos, New Mexico, Mr. Price was offered a job by a 
painting contractor to paint some houses, a mall, and an 
educational building. The reply from Mr. Price was, "I'm 



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not in the business of painting for money, but painting 
for the Lord." The contractor could not fathom why a 
man would not paint for him for money, but would 
paint for the Lord for nothing. 

The Prices have attended the Home Missions pastors' 
conference a number of times, and were at the 1978 
conference at Sacramento, California. Many of the con- 
tacts for churches needing help are made at conferences 
like this. They like to work with home mission churches 
because the new groups starting out need an attractive 
facility to attract people who are out in the world. 

The Prices enjoy their present ministry second only 
to raising their sons and seeing them serving the Lord. 
"It is a great blessing just to travel around, meet Chris- 
tian people in many different churches, and just feel the 
warmth of the Lord wherever we go," say Rees and 
Helene Price. 

One cannot help but think of how many people there 
are in the FGBC who have a special talent which could 
be used for the Lord in a special ministry since they have 
some disability that keeps them from a regular job. Here 
is a layman and his wife redeeming an opportunity to 
serve the Lord as a result of a disability in his regular line 
of work. Brethren Home Missions congratulates Rees 
and Helene Price for their dedication to serving the 
Lord, and expresses the appreciation of our home mis- 
sion churches for their labors of love. 



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Grace Grad Joins BIF 



Ml". Thomas E, Smith, 1977 graduate of Grace College, 
joined the staff of the Brethren Investment Foundation in the 
capacity of assistant financial secretary. Mr. Smith graduated 
as a business major and has been teaching business courses for 
the Warsaw Community Schools. Mr. Smith will be assisting 
Mr. Walter R. Fretz in the Brethren Investment Foundation. 

Mr. Smith married Miss Susan Downs on June 18, 1977, 
and they live near Winona Lake. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are mem- 
bers of the Winona Lake Brethren Church. Mr. Smith will 
finish his contract with the school while working part time in 
the BIF until June 1, 1978, when he will begin working full 
time. 




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youth, and church growth 

. . . and thanking you for helping us! 

You do. You really do. 

We joked once about having enough people 
who were praying for us— we needed people 
to give! 

It was just a joke. Honest. 

We still need both-pray-ers and givers, 
prayers and gifts. 

Thank you, if you've been sharing them. 

Christian Education ministries are through 
staff, publications, and team ministries. We 
have a lot of direct contact with pastors. We 
do a lot of back-and-forth with Sunday School 
leaders, children's and youth workers, and 
teens all over the place. 

We write a lot. 

We feel good about God's calling to us to 
assist local churches in the three areas de- 
picted by the three leaves in our logo above. 

And we also feel good about encouraging 
responses. 

So we are not ashamed to ask you to re- 
member us in a special way this April and 
May, and any time you can! 

Thank you. 

We welcome suggestions, criticisms, 
questions. 

And we love you! 

Inspecting Fruit 

People don't do what you expect. They do 
what you inspect. 

Or so they say. 

True with you? or at your church? 

Often Sunday School leaders or pastors or 
parents give an assignment or ask someone to 
minister in a certain way, but they then forget 
to say when it's due or who will check on 
them. 

We urge you to check . . . and not be upset 
when someone checks with you! 

It's all rather Biblical. 



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Thanks for growing help all 
year! But during these two 
months we especially ask you 
to; 

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to us, telling us your 
home church so we 
can give it credit. 

To thank you for your gift sent to us these special 
months, we will send you an appreciation tape, a 
60-minute cassette. 

Side A: Christian Edu- 
cation's exclusive, 
warm interview with 
Dr. James Kennedy, 
remarkable pastor of 
Coral Ridge Presbyteri- 
an Church, and father 
of the "Evangelism Ex- 
plosion." The inter- 
view concerns witness- 
ing and the Coral 
Ridge growth from 17 
to over 4,000. 

Side B: Executive 
Director Knute Lar- 
son's talk on "Chang- 
ing a Habit, and Being 
Filled with the Spirit." 

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Please and thank you! 

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Dixon, pastor, Washington, D.C.; William Snell, pastor, 
Martinsburg, Pa.; Knute Larson, CE executive director. 



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FEBRUARY SUNDAY SCHOOL CONTEST 



Church 

Myerstown, Pa. 
Waterloo, Iowa 
Lititz, Pa. 
Conemaugh, Pa 

(Singer Hill) 
Englewood, Ohio 
Peru, Ind. 

North Lauderdale, Fla 
Modesto, Cahf. 

(BigValleyl I 

Hopewell, Pa. 
North Kokomo, Ind. 



Pastor 

' 'iRike E. Kauffman 
John P, Burke 
Jerry Young 



Superintendent 

Guy Brightbill 
Terry Kuntz 
Jay Ruhl 



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Marvin Lowe 
Gerald Polmai 
JarTiES B. M 
Jaci Peters, 

David SeiArt 



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*'rry Varner 
on Blackburn 
Steve Jackson 
Durwood Brooks 



WilliamSmJih 



Tom Scrip 

Herbert Christopher 

Gary Trimble 



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RECORD ATTENDANCES: Coraopolis, Pa. -89; Pinellas Park, Fla.- 
North Canton. Ohiol-lS?, |enai, Alaska-140; Mabton, Wash.- 
Spokane, Wash. -54, Aiken, S. C- 103, Phoenix, Ariz. -96. 



519; 
121; 



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• Average attendance o) all reporting Sun- 
day Schools'-February. 1977-154, 
February, 1978-156. 

• Growth index based on 1 75 repoMing 
churchesg ■ m 

FebrJIfV, li?? Eveekly average at- 
tendance- 27. 017 

Febru3r#,|l9^ ^Meekly avJjage ax 
[enaance-T^ .226 

Net Gam m reporimg clBj»hes-209 per- | 
sons, or up 8 percent ' ' 

• SUMMARY I 

86 churches fegisiered mjieases total- 

in9-1.851 
85 churches registced losses lolMing- 

1,642 
Largest numer icdl increase- ModesK^ 

Calif. (Big Valley) I 

Largtat percentage mcr ease-Modest o. 

cii>. (Big Valley) | 

*J"/?e larger the nuritber of reporting 
cmirchos, the more accurately these figtmes 
will repraent thv church growth picturMof 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churchrs. 
We urge thv total support of the churches of 
the FGBC in thv compulvr-cvaluaTed church 
growth analyns which is provided free of 
charge to churches of the Fellowship by thv 
Christian Education Department. 



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The Christian Schoo 



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Christian schools are a special 
breed. 

With some, they are misunder- 
stood: "Oh, you send your chil- 
dren to a private school. Isn't 
public school good enough for 
you?" 

One man thought a Christian 
day school must be the opposite 
of a Christian night school. 

Some think they should only 
happen on the college level, not 
elementary or high school. 

Other people are sold. In fact, 
in some cases, so blessed that 
they go on and on about the 
things they love about this kind 
of Christian education. 

We just have a concern that all 
of us know what a Christian 
school is. Really is. 

Yes, What do you mean when 
you talk about "a Christian 
school?" 

It's a school with a very clear 
purpose— to relate ail of life and 
truth to God and His written 
revelation of truth, the Bible. It 
does everything else a learning 
place of school is supposed to do, 
but it does it all from a particular 
slant. 

And what's that slant? 

Well, just that Jesus Christ, the 
Son of God, is the source of all 
that's good, and the authority of 
all truth. He is the Lord of life, 
history, and the future. There- 
fore all that we learn and become 
should be in line with what He is 
and wants. 

Isn't that difficult to do? 
It's work. But it's the same 

kind of work parents realize 
1 when trying to teach their chil- 
. dren who God is and how great 
^and good He is. It's the same 
I kind of work involved in applying 

Scripture to all that we do. 



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Are you saying the public schools 
aren't good enough? 

Didn't say that at all. A school 
set up to serve everyone just 
couldn't take this special ap- 
proach. This is a system where all 
the teachers have to agree to a 
particular statement of faith. It's 
a school where everyone takes 
the Bible, which says so much 
about most everything, as God's 
Word that's right for sure! 

It's a school set up to help 
people who, because of their 
commitment to Christ, are 
prejudiced about right and wrong, 
and about how all this is going to 
turn out. 

All this what? 

All of life! Christian school 
people are convinced that while 
there are some question marks 
left, there is no question about 
the Lordship and therefore the 
ultimate responsibility all of us 
have to Jesus Christ. They want 
to work at that responsibility 
right now, and they want their 
children to learn it early. 

How would a Christian school 
teacher teach history, for in- 
stance? 

The facts and reporting would 
be presented, but there would 
also be a lot of room for talking 
about moral lessons for us, and 
for seeing just how the principles 
of God have been shown to be 
right as history has reported life. 

How about reading?— Everyone 
reads the same. 

True. But even in what seem 
to be subjects where there aren't 
questions related to faith or no 
faith, there are many freedoms 



and privileges that go with a 
Christian school. Of course, what 
you ask the children to read can 
be very special, and can help 
them in their growth in faith and 
love. And as they get older you 
help them analyze how what 
others have written reveals the 
human problem and the divine 
answer. 

What about discipline and rules? 

Every good teacher has those! 
In a Christian school the rules 
that are posted and the discipline 
exercised can have a very special, 
overt relationship to the child's 
growing in Christ. That doesn't 
mean that every time he disobeys 
or needs discipline you tell him 
God is going to get him! Not at 
all. But because he (through his 
parents at least) is committed to 
Christian disciplines and to learn- 
ing the character of righteousness 
as defined in the Bible, you can 
proceed with a clear purpose. 

And it seems like there's a 
special environment of love when 
teachers have a personal trust in 
Christ and His directions for 
them. 

Who pays for all this? 

Parents or family have to carry 
a lot of it. Tuition is charged, 
and of course they pay that in 
addition to helping pay for the 
education of others with their 
taxes. 

Interested churches often help 
make up the difference between 
tuition and actual costs. And 
many individuals give gifts to 
make this Christian teaching pos- 
sible. 



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What in the World? 
Why in the World? 

ARMING... ADDING TO WHAT THE CHRISTIAN HOME CAN DO 




Is this special school special to 
one location? 

Not at all. The Christian 
school movement is the fastest- 
growing educational system in 
the country. 

Is the idea new? 

Many good developments and 
improvements have come to the 
"movement" in general. But 
really, if you ever read the 
original purposes of educational 
institutions in our country— Yale, 
Harvard, or Princeton, for 
instance— you would find their 
purposes to be similar. 

With the divergence of beliefs 
and the emphasis on a pluralistic 



society (where in a sense every- 
one has to be considered right), 
the schools gradually had to stay 
away from doctrines and morals 
as such and try to be "neutral." 

Why are you saying all this? 

We want people to see the real 
reasons for Christian schools. 
Sometimes people get defensive 
about the regular school system, 
or because their children are not 
in the Christian school. We don't 
want that. We don't want to be 
defensive, either. There are 
mighty good reasons to like this 
Christian school approach for 
your family! 




Grace Brethren Church, Phoenix, Arizona 

Cherry Valley Brethren Church, Beaumont, California 

Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, California 

Los Altos Brethren Church, Long Beach, California 

Big Valley Grace Community Church, Modesto, California 

Norwalk Brethren Church, Norwalk, California 

Grace Brethren Church, San Bernardino, California 

Community Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, California 

Grace Brethren Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Grace Brethren Church, North Lauderdale, Florida 

Grace Brethren Church, Okeechobee, Florida 

Grace Brethren Church of St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Florida 

Bethel Brethren Church, Osceola, Indiana 

Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Indiana 

Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washington, Temple Hills, Maryland 

Brethren Navajo Mission and Boarding School, Counselor, New Mexico 

First Brethren Church, Taos, New Mexico 

Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio 

Grace Brethren Church, Worthington, Ohio 

Myerstown Grace Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pennsylvania 

Grace Brethren Church, Alexandria, Virginia 



The Christian Education 
office would like to update 
files on churches of the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
that operate Christian schools. 

Check the list to the left: 
—Are you listed and are no 

longer operating a school? 
—Should you be listed and 

are not? 

Write us and let us know: 
—if you have a school, 
—the official name and 

address of your school, 
—the name of your 

administrator, 
—sponsorship— board, all one 

church, several churches, 
-date started, 
—current enrollment, 
—what grades you have, 
—your favorite curriculum 

item— which text really 

helps meet your goals for 

each grade you have, 
—your understanding of the 

purpose for a Christian 

school (50 words or less), 
—any needs you anticipate for 

faculty or staff next year, 
—what you look like, (send us 

a picture ) 
—anything else that would be 

helpful for us to know. 



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President- 
Mrs. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., Souderton, Pa. 18964 

1st Vice President- 
Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson Rd., Winona Lake, ind. 46590 

2nd Vice President- 
Mrs. Walter Fretz, 413 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, ind. 46590 

Secretary- 
Mrs. Sally Neely, 565 Stonyridge Ave., Troy, Ohio 45373 

Assistant Secretary- 
Mrs. Tom Miller, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, ind. 
46590. (All checks payable to Brethren National WMC.) 

Assistant Financial-Secretary— 

Mrs. Tom Inman, 2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 
80910 

Literature Secretary- 
Mrs. Lloyd Fish, R. R. 8, Box 196, Warsavu, Ind. 46580 

Editor- 
Mrs. Noel Hoke, 700 Robson Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Prayer Chairman- 
Mrs. Harold EtIing, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 




©ffering 
Opportunity 

The development of a new missionary 
residence in Winona Lake, Indiana, is our 
current national WMC emphasis. This 
project will be an extended one due to 
the amount needed for the completion 
of this structure. The goal set for this 
year is $6,500. Offerings are due by June 
10. 

Send your contributions to Joyce 
Ashman, National WMC Financial Secre- 
tary-Treasurer. 



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JUNE 1978 

^Mssionary ^JBirthdays']^ 

(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 26 and 27 
of the 1978 Grace Brethren AnnuaL) 

AFRICA 

Mrs. Marvin L. Goodman June 12 

.-Xmy Isobel Paden June 12, 1977 

Rev. Roy B. Snyder June 15 

Miss A. Marie Mishler June 19 

ARGENTINA 

Mrs. Richard Coburn June 1 

BRAZIL 

Beverly Anne Hodgdon June 26, 1961 

EUROPE 

Mrs. L-Uiott A. Hudson June 3 

Rev. Roger D. Peugh June 1 7 

Mrs. Roger D. Peugh June 17 

Monica Elaine Pappas June 18, 1976 

Timothy Peery Hudson June 19, 1975 

Mrs. K. Howard Immel June 24 

Rev. Thomas T. Julien June 27 

Miss Diana D. Davis June 29 

PUERTO RICO 

Mrs. Norman E. Schrock June 25 

P. O. Box 10144, Caparra Heights, Puerto Rico 00922. 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Mr. Terrence D. Shultzman June 2 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 



Women Manifesting Christ 
Serving My Master 




Love Is Waiting to Be Shared 



WMC can support our daughter organization in many ways 
and thereby show our love to SMM girls in our local church as 
well as across the Fellowship. Our support and love-sharing can 
be through the mini-maxi program, by supplying a patroness for 
each group cheerfully, by supplying needs for crafts and awards, 
and by financially supporting the total program through this 
offering due April 30. Our goal is $1.50 per member, or a total 
goal of $6,000. This money will directly sponsor Miss Judy 
Ashman (director of SMM) and a Grace College scholarship for 
the national Girl of the Year. 



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Mrs. Marvin Goodman— My work in 
the Bible Institute in the Central Afri- 
can Empire is that of teaching pastors' 
wives. Each week the pastors' wives 
study four hours of New Testament, 
four hours of Old Testament, and 
three hours of writing. The other sub- 
jects, such as sewing, child care, home- 
making, leadership training, and simple 
mathematics, change every semester. 
The African women are showing much 
improvement in their studies. Now 
when they come to us, they have had 
some government schooling and are 
able to study better, seem more 
anxious to learn, and really are doing a 
good job in their classes. 




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Mrs. Keith Altig— The blessings of being a missionary are numberless, but so arf 

I the blessings of doing His will at home. Perhaps one of the greatest blessings a 

home has been the friends we have made while traveling on those strenuous trips o: 

[deputation. The "believers" in the states in the Brethren churches are friendly 



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Mrs. Solon Hoyt— My work as a 
missionary has been to be a helper to 
my husband. When we first arrived on 
the field in 1946, we studied the lan- 
guage together and I kept the home 
with all that implies in a land where 
most people had no refrigerator and 
no hot water heater. I had to learn to 
cook all over again because of the dif- 
ference of a kerosene stove. When 
Solon began to preach, I began to play 
the pump organ for the song services. 
We held regular services in four dif- 
ferent towns during our first term on 
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Mrs. Chauncey Sheldon— My work as a 
pioneer missionary naturally required a sort 
of do-it-yourself approach. Much time was 
spent in the study of the Ghea language, 
with translating Bible portions and songs— 
for no literature existed at that time except 
a few Sango songs and Scripture verses. 
Later, when the French government per- 
mitted us to do so, we taught the people to 
read. This work was difficult and time con- 
suming, but it was very rewarding. Time has 
changed much of the early approach. Natur- 
ally, there were a few outstanding Christians 
who grew in the Lord and became leaders, 
and today they carry much of the work. 



Birthday 
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Mrs. Floyd Tabet — Retirement, 
when one arrives at that stage of life, is 
a totally new experience for anyone, 
even though he may continue to live in 
the same community and be sur- 
rounded by the things to which he has 
always been accustomed. For the retir- 
ing missionary coming home from the 
field, there is a real difference. .411 
these years we have been surrounded 
by a very different culture. We have 
seen two generations of Africans 
emerging from paganism. The Lord has 
given us the privilege of helping them 
find their way out of that darkness in- 
to the light of the Gospel and intel- 
lectual freedom. I do try to keep con- 
tact with my African sons and daugh- 
ters. I know the testings they go 
through and I know they look to me 
for exhortation and encouragement. 
Before we left they asked two things 
of us: "Don't forget to keep us in 
your prayers," and "Don't forget 
to write." When 1 do send a 
letter, it usually seems to arrive 
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The "WMC Idea File" this month features a list of 
additional suggestions for your WMC Missionary 
Chest. Clip the list (or copy it) and attach it to the 
Pen Pointer, "Beyond Our Borders" for future refer- 
ence. 

In purchasing your gifts to the missionary chest, 
be original. 

Two or three members of a WMC can go together 
on some of the larger items and then have the mis- 
sionaries choose only one or two items. 

Write the missionaries coming to your area ahead 
of time to ask their personal needs, then get clothing 
in their sizes. Or, all can give the missionary a gift of 
money for a shopping trip. 

Give the missionary a certain amount to spend at 
the local Christian bookstore or Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company. 

Money gifts are always appreciated for the items 
no one can buy for another person. 





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Oh, were we excited! My husband's boyhood 
home was for sale. How I had always loved that old 
home out in the country. We both knew right away 
that we wanted it. We drove by the house and busily 
planned what renovations we would make once it was 
ours. We talked and dreamed— it could be so beautiful 
if we fixed up the outside. And the location would be 
so good for the children. It was almost ours as we 
discussed details of the interior. I already had our 
furniture placed. Then came the day the real estate 
agent took us to see the interior. One by one our 
dreams crumbled as we saw the reality of what we 
had remembered. The rooms had seemed so much 
larger then. Had the wallpaper really been that 
dreary, or the kitchen that small? The inhabitants had 
been very unkind to this house, neither improving its 
functional aspects nor taking care of its appearance. 
it would take mountains of money and work to make 
it our dream house. What a disappointment! 

I am so glad we won't be in for a big disappoint- 
ment when we see our heavenly home. The Bible 
says, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it 
were not so, I would have told you. . . ." (John 14:2). 
God never disappoints us the way things in life do. It 
is comforting to know that our home in heaven will 
not only live up to our expectations, but far exceed 
them.— /Mrs. joe Dilling, Martinsburg, Pennsylvania 



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Kitchen supplies 

small kitchen tools 

vanilla extract 

stainless steel pots and pans 

holiday, birthday napkins 

Tupperware 

Mapcline 

salad seasoning (dry) 

packaged paper plates and cups 

canning lids 

candles 

stainless steel mixing bowls 

dry soup mixes 

Sewing supplies 
Pcrnnancnt-prcs^ed fabrics 
thread (40-60) -black, white, and 

basic colors 
assorted colors rickrack, bias 

tape, hem tape— 2 or 3 packages 

alike 
tape measure 

sets of buttons (old or new) 
embroidery floss 
pins 

zippers-7" or 18"-20" 
needles-all sizes 
scissors 

lingerie repair kit 
snaps and hooks/eyes 

Desk supplies 

Lightweight note paper 

typewriter erasers 

paper clips 

India ink 

ribbon and wrapping paper for gifts 

birthday or special occasion cards 

ball point pens, refills 

thumbtacks 

pencil sharpeners 

carbon paper 

rubber bands 

pencils 

hand staplers and refills 

felt-tip markers 

construction paper 

Personal supplies 

hosiery 

men's toiletries 

slips 

hand cream 

sweaters 

foam rubber insoles 

Avon products 

travel slippers (sm,, med.. Ig.) 



shoelaces (black, brown, and white) 
stainless steel razor blades or 

disposable razors 
packabic sun hats 
Dr. Scholl's foot products 
stretch footies 
toothbrushes 
women's wear when ^izc is not 

important shifts, gowns, 

pajamas, dusters 
handkerchiefs 

Shinola-brown, black and white 
stretch anklets 
bobby pjns and curlers 
shower caps 

men's permanent-pressed shirts 
billfolds 

Home supplies 

screwdrivers— all sizes 
permanent-pressed or plastic 

tablecloths, or place mats 
bookends 
throw rugs 

plastic shower curtains 
towels and wash cloths 
hand and power tools 
sheets (twin or double size) 
Fiberglass or plastic curtains 

(3 pair per room-standard sizes) 
bath mats and scat covers 
bedspreads 
doilies 

Bible verse plaques 
extension cords 
ironing board pads and covers 

Miscellaneous 

New Christian books 

artificial flowers 

knit or flannel baby shirts-with ties 

disposable "wash-ups" 

jewelry (new or used) for gifts 

Children 

small, sturdy toys 

coloring or pencil books 

colored pencils 

Golden or Arch series books 

jigsaw puzzles 

crayons 

craft kits 

wooden board puzzles 

paints 

rainy day activities 





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Science 
Center 
Dedication 



Dedication of the three-level 
Science Center at Grace College took 
place on March 14, beginning with a 
convocation chapel service in the cam- 
pus gymnasium. Dr. Vance Yoder, 
academic dean of the college, presided. 

Dean Walter, retired Navy scientist 
from Washington, D.C., gave the dedi- 
cation address, speaking on "A Giant 
Step." Included among the Grace 
Schools officials participating in the 
dedication were: Dr. John Davis, ex- 
ecutive vice president; Dr. Homer 
Kent, Jr., president; Rev. Arnold 
Kriegbaum, college dean of students; 
and Dr. Jesse Humberd, chairman. 
Division of Natural Sciences. 

The keys were presented by Archi- 
tect Ralph C. Hall and Larry Berger, 
representing the Easterday Construc- 
tion Company, builders of the Science 
Center. The response was given by Dr. 
Homer Kent, Jr., on behalf of the 
Grace Schools Board of Trustees. 
Larry Castaldi, chairman of the Presi- 
dent's Committee for Grace College, 
offered congratulations. Rev. John 
Zielasko, general director. Brethren 
Foreign Missionary Society, gave the 
benediction. 



Other activities of the day included 
conducted tours of the Science Center 
and a special luncheon for invited 
guests. Dr. Kent presided at the 
luncheon and Dr. Humberd spoke on 
"Now That We Have It-How Do We 
Use It?" Following the luncheon. 
Dean Walter lectured in the Science 
Center on the topic: "Cost of the 
Quest." 

Construction of the air- 
conditioned, $1,125,000 building be- 
gan with ground-breaking ceremonies 
on March 9, 1976. Although the target 
completion date was set for April or 
May of 1977, an early winter detained 
the contractors, and the building was 
not ready for occupancy until Octo- 
ber 1. 

Divided into three levels, the build- 
ing features a pendulum well open 
from top to bottom in the center of 
the side entrance foyer. An experi- 
ment demonstrating the rotation of 
the earth, in which a heavy pendulum 
bob is suspended on a 40-foot cable, is 
in continuous operation. Beneath the 
pendulum, a mosaic of blazed ceramic 
tile is embedded into the floor. 

Redwood paneling cut diagonally 



and soft vinyl benches on a rich, 
brown carpet provide an atmosphere 
of welcome as one enters the middle 
level from the main campus entrance. 
The central science office area and a 
reading room are located there. 
On this floor are the mathematics and 
business classrooms. The computer 
room provides space for calculators, 
mathematics, statistics and business 
purposes. 

Physical science laboratories for 
physics, chemistry and astronomy are 
located on the upper level. Balance 
and instrument rooms are provided, 
along with storage rooms for science 
equipment and supplies. Offices for 
the faculty are located on this floor, as 
is a small darkroom for photographic 
work and experimentation. A stairway 
leads up to the roof, where a small 
storage building houses the telescopes 
near to a rooftop area constructed as a 
viewing platform for night fieldwork 
in astronomy. r 

The lower level of the center is the ~: 
life science floor, with the biology oj 
laboratories, storage rooms, and a 3" 
small animal cage room for research in 5 
biology. Classrooms across the hall 2. 
from the labs are equipped for general _^' 
science, science education, and geology, ji 



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record $3.5 million budget for 
the 1978-79 fiscal year was approved 
for Grace Schools during the spring 
meeting of the Board of Trustees held 



recently on campus, The current 
budget for 1977-78 is S3.2 million. 

Included in the new budget is a 
tuition increase. In the college, the 
tuition was set at $70 per hour. This 
year, tuition is $60 per hour for 16 
hours or more and $65 per hour for 
1-15 hours. Room cost will increase 
from $300 to $310, and board will in- 
crease from $400 to $425 per semes- 
ter. 

Seminary students will pay $55 per 
hour, and the postgraduate rate is $65 



per hour. This year, tuition in the 
seminary is as follows: 12 hours or 
more, $45 per hour, and 11 hours or 
less, $50 per hour. 

The trustees announced the follow- 
ing promotions in rank and changes in 
title effective with the 1978-79 aca- 
demic year: Dr. Richard Dilling, pro- 
fessor of mathematics and science 
education; Weston Fields, assistant 
professor of Bible, classical languages 
and hermeneutics; Dr. Ray Gsell, asso- 
ciate professor of chemistry; Myron 



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Yeager, assistant professor of English; 
Ivan French, associate professor of 
theology and church history; and John 
Sproule, associate professor of New 
Testament and Greek. 

A two-year Associate of Arts degree 
in nursing was approved for implemen- 
tation. This approval is pending sanc- 
tioning of the program by the Indiana 
State Board of Nursing, and the re- 
ceipt of adequate funds. Initiation of 
the program was made possible 
through a $20,000 grant last fall from 
Mrs. Chester C. Cooley, Route 2, Lees- 
burg. 

Mrs. Barbara Woodring, who joined 
the Grace College faculty last fall, is 
serving as director of the nursing pro- 
gram and is doing the research and 
groundwork necessary for the eventual 
establishment of classes. Actual nurs- 
ing classes are tentatively scheduled to 
begin in September 1979. 

During the board meetings, a semi- 
nar was conducted on the role and re- 
sponsibilities of trustees. Workshops 
were conducted by Harvey DeVries, 
resource development counselor, from 
St. Paul, Minnesota. Among the topics 
for the workshops were a discussion of 
principles, methods and values of insti- 
tutional planning, and a compre- 
hensive resource development pro- 
gram. 

Dr. Kenneth B. Ashman of Woos- 
ter, Ohio, chairman of the board, pre- 
sided at the sessions. Participating for 
the first time as trustees were: Paul M. 
Ingold, Route 1, Powhatan, Ohio, 
building contractor; and Ronald J. 
Kinley, Winona Lake, general market- 
ing supervisor for United Telephone 
Company of Indiana, Inc. 



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Grace Schools Library in Winona 
Lake, Indiana, has taken a significant 
step forward by collecting and organiz- 
ing the Billy Sunday papers. 

Librarians Robert Ibach, Jr., and 
William Darr gathered thousands of 
documents and photographs from four 
buildings in Winona Lake. By arrange- 
ment with the Winona Lake Christian 
Assembly, the papers will be on 
permanent loan to the Rare Book 
Room of the Library. 

Organization of the materials was 
done by Robert Shuster, archivist for 
the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton 
College. The documents have been 
organized into categories, including 
general correspondence of William A. 
Sunday and of Helen Thompson Sun- 
day; the Sunday family correspond- 
ence; revival files; sermons, addresses, 
outlines, articles; press clippings; scrap- 
books; photographs; receipts and 
check stubs; and miscellaneous. 

Some of the materials required 
preservative measures. All were placed 
in acid-free file folders and filed in 
archival storage boxes. Thirty such 
cartons were filled. Several library 
staff members and one volunteer, 
Clarence McNeil, assisted in the proj- 
ect. 



Although the collection is unique, 
it is unlikely that startling new revela- 
tions about Billy Sunday will emerge 
from the papers. But Mr. Ibach noted 
that a host of details and background 
information can now be retrieved to 
enrich the understanding of the evan- 
gelist (who resided in Winona Lake), 
and his impact on America. Mr, Ibach 
said that it will provide fresh historical 
data for writing a biography of Sun- 
day, for studying the fundamentalist 
movement, for learning the history of 
such institutions as the Winona Lake 
Christian Assembly, and for seeing 
new facets of the home front during 
World War I. 

According to Mr. Ibach, the collec- 
tion is remarkably balanced. Materials 
range from Billy's and Helen's love 
letters to baseball scorecards, to un- 



published manuscripts, to sermon 
transcriptions. The collection is weak- 
est for the early years, prior to Billy's 
marriage. It is touchingly human in the 
details of some of the Sunday family 
tragedies. It reveals the thoroughness 
and integrity of the evangelist's cru- 
sade organization. 

The correspondence is particularly 
interesting. There are testimonials 
from some of Sunday's converts. 
There are letters from numerous pub- 
lic figures, such as John D. Rockefel- 
ler, Theodore Roosevelt, R. A. Torrey 
and Herbert Hoover. Perhaps the most 
valuable document in the collection is 
a letter from William Jennings Bryan 
asking for Sunday's advice about the 
"monkey" trial. 

The documents are being micro- 
filmed at the University of Chicago. 
One copy of the microfilm will be de- 
posited in the archives of the Billy 
Graham Center and the other will be 
at Grace Library, along with the p 
original papers. =; 

Mr. Ibach stated that Grace Library ^ 
is pleased to make these materials 
available to theological students, his- 
torians and other scholars. They 
should be ready for inspection by the 
summer of 1978. 



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In Memory of : 

Harry Painter 



Paul McKee 
Clarence Zook 

Cainillc VerWayen 

Rev. Kenneth E. Russell 

Mrs. Marg Henkler 

Frank Jentcs 

William Charles 

Jesse and Elizaheth Morrcll 

Mrs. Lois Tail 

Rev. Fred W. Waller 

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Patterson 

Mrs. Anna McKcefery 

Norman Taylor 

Mrs. Dorothy Aughinbaugh 



Given by : 

Rev. and Mrs. Tom Miller 

Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth B, Ashman 

Mr. and Mrs. Leland S. Larnion 

Rev. and Mrs. W. Carl Miller 

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hawley 

Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Hughes 

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hawley 

Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Hughes 

Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Hammers 

Rev. and Mrs. Wesley Haller 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Maxson 

Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth B. Ashman 

Mrs. William (Marion) Charles 

Krnest Morrell 

Mrs. Yvonne Messner 

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse E. Chapman 

Mr. and Mrs. John R, Shipley 

Mrs. Lloyd E. Fish 

Mrs. Carl Uphouse 

Mrs. Lloyd E. I'ish 

Mrs. Lloyd E. Fish 



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In Memory of: Rev. Sam Horney— Given by : 



During the past 2 years, more than 500 per- 
sons have contributed Living Memorial gifts to 
Grace College and Seminary in order to help 
perpetuate the lives of departed loved ones and 
friends through the lives of our students. 

A growing number of people are also honor- 
ing the living on birthdays, anniversaries, and 
other special occasions with congratulatory 
gifts to Grace. 

All gifts are promptly acknowledged with an 
appropriate card of sympathy or of congratula- 
tions, without revealing the amount. 

The following gifts were received during 
February 1978. 



Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Hammer 

Mr. and Mrs. Neil Paden 

Rev. and Mrs. Charles H. Winter 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Roderick 

Mrs. Roy Sharpe 

Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Wilfert 

Harrah Brethren Church, 

Harrah, Wash. 
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Schmidt 
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Brown 
Mi. and Mis. Adam Pfliger 
Mr. and Mrs. Vern Walker 
Mrs. Mildred Mayer 

In Honor of: 



Mr. and Mrs. Sheridan C. Folsom 

Mr. and Mrs. Warren E. Hall 

Opal M, Ball 

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Murray 

Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Sharpe 

Grace Brethren Church, 

Mabton, Wash. 
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Nielsem 
Mr. and Mrs. James Barnfield 
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fischer 
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Thalhcimer 
Rev. and Mrs. James Christiansen 
Mrs. Nina Barnett 

Given By : 

Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Hammers 



Dr. Kenneth B. Ashman 
Upon being called for his thirty-second year as pastor of the 
First Brethren Church of Wooster. Ohio. 



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The Lord has been blessing at the Herald as 
the graph above shows. During 1977, we 
reached the income goal of $1,000,000. It 
took 37 years to reach this height. 

Your cooperation as a Fellowship has been in- 
valuable as you have worked in partnership 
with us. The prospects of future growth are 
very bright. We at the Herald are planning on 
moving toward the second million. 



It is not a time to rest-it is a time to labor. 
Join with us as we seek to communicate the 
truth through the written page. 

Publicarion OffGrang 



1978 Goal - 
Gifts to date 

Needed — 



$70,000.00 
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$60,350.00 




The 
Brethren Missionary Heraici 

Box 544 Winona Lake, Indiana 



as we go to press .. . 

Pastor Jim Custer of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Columbus in Worthington, Ohio, will speak at a con- 
ference in Germany April 3-6. Rev. and Mrs. Custer 
will both attend the conference for "English-speak- 
ing missionaries to German-speaking people." 

Ground will be broken on April 2 for a new educa- 
tional wing at the First Brethren Church of Martins- 
burg, Pa. 

Mrs. Betty Dell, 50, went to be with the Lord on March 
18 after an extended illness. She was the wife of Rev. 
Robert Dell, minister of visitation at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Hagerstown, Md. Services were conducted 
March 23 by Dr. Robert Collitt and Rev. Jeff Dunkle. 

Rev. Ralph Colburn, pastor of the Community Grace 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. , has resigned 
effective May 1, 1978. On that date, he will become 

an associate pastor at the North Long Beach Brethren Church, with special res- 
ponsibilities for hospital, shut-in and sick visitation, and plus-60s ministry. 

The Grace Brethren Chapel in Fremont, Ohio, broke all attendance records in December 
with an assembly of 235 people at the Christmas program. On Feb. 3, 1978, Pastor 
Lee Burris suffered a heart attack. He is recuperating at home and would appreciate 
your prayers for his continued improvement and also for the church while he is con- 
fined. 

The Cherry Valley Grace Brethren Church of Beaumont, Calif., accepted the resigna- 
tion of Pastor Curtis Wildish on Feb. 5, 1978. Mr. Wildish is looking to the Lord 
for His leading in regard to future plans. 

New York (EP) — A rare Gutenberg Bible will be sold April 7 at Christie's auction 
house and is expected to sell for $1 million. The Bible, one of the few remaining 
books printed more than 500 years ago with the world's first movable metal type, is 
a two-volume, leather-bound work owned by the Episcopal Church's General Theological 
Seminary in New York. Proceeds from the sale will establish an endowment fund to 
sustain the school's library. The Bible to be auctioned is one of 48 known to remain 
from the approximately 185 volumes printed by Johann Gutenberg in Germany around 1450. 
It is one of 21 that exist in their entirety, according to a spokesman for the auc- 
tion house. 

Nashville (EP) — The Southern Baptist Convention, largest Protestant body in the U.S. 
has topped the 13 million mark in membership. In fiscal year 1976-77, the convention 
added 160,594 members, bringing the total to 13,083,199. During the year, total re- 
ceipts for the convention rose by 9.2 percent — more that $151 million — to a total 
of $1.8 billion. Mission gifts increased by 10.3 percent, just short of $27 million, 
to a total of nearly $290 million. 

The Northeastern Ohio District will host a 4-hour Ohio River cruise on the beautiful 
600-passenger , 3-deck "Johnston Chaperon" for teens in grades 9 through 12 on Satur- 
day, May 27. Any church interested in this excursion, complete with dinner and a 
superb program on board, contact Pastor Gerald Kelley of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Middlebranch, Ohio 44652. 



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l/;t' words of the wise are as goads, 
and as nails fastened by the masters of 
assemblies, which are given from one 
shepherd. And further, by these, my 
son, be admonished: of making many 
books there is no end; and much study 
is a weariness of the flesh (Ecclesiastes 
12:11-12). 

This statement is now some 3,000 
years old, but its trutli is as contem- 
porary as an eighth grade student 
walking by a newly organized baseball 
game. His textbooks in hand and a 
time of study before him, he will agree 
with Solomon that much study is a 
weariness of the flesh and there are 
many other things to do in life that 
seem so important. 

But words, both oral and written, 
have shaped the history of the world. 
The WORD, Jesus Christ, has spoken 
clearly and truthfully— and the world 
has been changed. The power of the 
word has created the worlds. So the 
word is a vehicle of communication to 
inform and help, at best— but used in 
the wrong way, to destroy. But let us 
look at the best . . . and that is Chris- 
tian literature. During the past year, 
over 2,000 new evangelical books 
came off the presses— the largest num- 
ber in history. And this year promises 
to have a higher yield. 

At the Brethren Missionary Herald, 
there is the history of printing Chris- 
tian literature— and we are best known 
for the Herald magazine, which you 
are now reading. But another very 
little understood and rapidly growing 
area of our work is book publishing. 
Our division is called BMH Books and 
in 1970, v/hen we kept the first sepa- 
rate records of the work, we sold 
about $1,500 worth of BMH Books on 
a wholesale basis. The trend has been 
upward at a rather dramatic pace. This 
year we hope to have the sales near 
$100,000. We have a dream to see 
BMH Books one of the major publish- 
ing houses of an evangelical outlook in 
the United States. It is more than a 
dream— it is a prayer, because we be- 
lieve the Brethren Church has the per- 
sons and the message to present to all 
)the world. The Fellowship remains 
such a small segment of the religious 
r community— and this, we feel, is a 
shame. Only one of every 6,000 people 
iin the nation is a member of our 
! brotherhood. This is indeed small, but 
■ we do have something to say and we at 
the Herald believe this message can be 



presented well through the means of 
BMH Books. In particular, Grace 
Schools has a great wealth of dedi- 
cated Christian talents which fits into 
the pattern of spreading the Word 
through the printed page. Their theo- 
logical expertise has meant much to 
BMH Books; and we trust BMH Books 
has been a means whereby the minis- 
try of the Word of God and the minis- 
try of Grace Schools has expanded. 

There are some very exciting pros- 
pects ahead for the ministry of the 
printed page. The Brethren through 
the years have led in the matter of 
seeing the truth presented. Christopher 
Sauer (Sower) brought a German press 
to Germantown, Pennsylvania, and his 
editions of the Scriptures in the pre- 
Rcvolutionary days were the first 
printed in America in a foreign lan- 
guage. It was my happy experience 
recently to acquire a 1763 edition of 
the Sauer Bible. At the Herald, we 
want to maintain this historical herit- 
age of the Brethren and expand into 
more areas of good Christian books 
and literature. 

Also, we feel that there should be 



an interest stimulated in the Grace Fel- 
lowship concerning our history. There 
is material in our Brethren homes that 
should be in a Brethren Archive, but 
we need a Brethren Archive! That is a 
subject unto itself, and we will pur- 
sue it later. There is a cooperative 
venture by the five groups of Brethren 
to complete a three-volume encyclo- 
pedia. I have been meeting with those 
groups as an unofficial representative 
of the Grace group. Incorporation is 
now complete and the initial work is 
beginning. There is opportunity for 
any who are interested to help with 
this project-and if you are interested, 
please let me know. 

Books, books, books— all a part and 
plan to keep in permanent form the 
thoughts and hopes and ideas of thou- 
sands of minds and hearts. The Lord 
has been good to us here at the Herald 
and we have seen progress beyond our 
hopes, which has caused us to have 
even greater hopes and aspirations for 
the Lord's work. Maybe you share these 
hopes with us. If you do, we are so glad 
to have you join us in seeing the hopes 
become realities. 



Charles W. Turner 
Editor 




COVER: 

Realizing that he has passed from preparation 
to participation, the missionary suddenly 
finds himself in the middle of growing re- 
sponsibility and opportunity. It's His work, 
but missionaries and believers at home are 
"laborers together with God." 

reported in the herald 

35 Years Ago- 1943 

The speakers for Grace Seminary Com- 
mencement Services have been an- 
nounced. They are: Rev. Raymond 
Gingrich for the Baccalaureate and Dr. 
Raymond V. Edman, president of 
Wheaton College, for the Graduation 
address. . . . Candidates for Bachelor 
of Divinity from Grace Seminary are: 
S. Wayne Beaver, Donald J. Hare, 
Clarence Nida, and Henry George 
Rempel. 

15 Years Ago- 1963 

Bob Collitt, Brethren evangelist under 
the Board of Evangelism, reports 190 
decisions made in his meetings since 
Jan. 1....A Sunday School record 
was broken at Waterloo, Iowa, with 
446 in attendance. 

5 Years Ago- 1973 

Home Missions reports the offering for 
1972 as $436,951, and total deposits 

for BIF at 59,000,000 A new 

folder was added to BMH Print Shop 
as this area of printing moves ahead. 



Volume 40 Number 8 May 1,1978 

Published on the first and fifteenth of 
each month (except— one issue only in the 
months of April, August and December) by 
The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 
P. O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Printed by BMH Printing 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
iVlanaging Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Artists, Timothy Kennedy, Gary Nieter 
Production Manager: Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 
Pastor Knute Larson, Ed Lewis, Ginny 
Torolan. Foreign IVIissions: Rev, John 
Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 
Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WMC: Linda 
Hoke. 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona 
Lake, Ind. Published by the Brethren Mis- 
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1104 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Ind. 
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foreign, $5.75. Special rates to churches. 
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4 FMS BUSINESS SESSIONS AT WINONA LAKE 

6 ENTERING THE WORK 

7 A BAKER'S DOZEN 

8 MEET THE TALL TEXAN 
10 A MOMENT WITH MISSIONS 

13 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

14 PASTOR KENNEDY, HOW DID IT HAPPEN? 
18 WOMEN MANIFESTING CHRIST 

20 WMC IDEA FILE 

21 AN EVER-CHANGING LIFE 

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• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • BMH News Report 12 • 
• As We Go to Press ... 24 • 



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Dear Charlie, 

I wanted to comment about the article by Rev. Tweeddale on Christian 
education from your Feb. 15 issue. I was very interested in it until I came 
to the "condition" that all students' parents must both be Christians. I just 
could not believe my eyes and had to reread that part. I certainly hope 
that any other Brethren Christian schools don't follow this stipulation. We 
don't have a Brethren Christian school here, ours happens to be Baptist, 
but they have the A.C.E. plan and my children have benefited greatly from 
this school. Their father is not a Christian; and there are many other 
students whose parents are not both born again believers. In fact, I know 
several mothers who work to pay the tuition for their children because the 
fathers are not Christians and will not pay it. 

As for "faith" promise instead of tuition— I could hardly call that 
faith!! Why punish a Christian boy or girl who wants to attend a Christian 
school because one or both parents are not Christians? Come on now, let's 
not become so exclusive and Pharisaical as far as student admissions are 
concerned. 

I pray that other Brethren churches which are planning Christian edu- 
cation in their towns don't follow this so-called "faith" promise. 

I just know that my teen-ager is a different person and has grown 
spiritually because of changing from a public school to a Christian school. 
And I thank the Lord that she was not excluded because her father has not 
yet accepted Christ. In fact, I'm sure he can see the change in her, and it 
may be another step toward the time he will realize his need for a Saviour. 

Thank you for reading my comments. And thank you for a great publi- 
cation. 






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God works through people, not 
programs or plans. Men may be Spirit- 
directed in planning, but God's bless- 
ing is seen and experienced as people 
work the plan. The list of those who 
are charged with the planning and 
working out of the program for Breth- 
ren Foreign Missions includes members 
of the Board of Trustees, home office 
staff, and missionaries. Representatives 
of all three groups met in Winona Lake 
in February to conduct the business of 
the mission and to review, update, and 
correlate the plans and programs. 

Field Superintendents spent several 
days prior to the board's semiannual 
meeting considering the working 
strategies of the various fields. It ought 
to be remembered that the superin- 
tendents are, first of all, missionaries, 
not merely field leaders. Roy Snyder 
represented Africa; Solon Hoyt, Ar- 
gentina; Bill Burk, north Brazil; Tim 
Farner, south Brazil; Tom Julicn, 
Europe; and Water Haag, Mexico. 
These men represent many years of 
personal experience on the field; they 
speak for practically all of our mission- 
ary family (only Puerto Rico and 
Hawaii were not represented). 

The superintendents' meetings were 
scheduled during the week of the an- 
nual Grace Schools Bible Conference, 
so the field leaders were able to share 
in some of the sessions on the cam- 
pus—receiving spiritual inspiration 
from the messages and fellowship with 
the alumni, faculty, and students. 



Most of their time, however, was in- 
vested in workshops with office per- 
sonnel and in sharing direction and 
interaction. Strategies from each of 
the fields were reviewed and 
updated; problems were discussed. 
Where one field had experienced set- 
backs or difficulties, another may have 
gained victory, and there was oppor- 
tunity to discuss the lessons learned. 
Successes, likewise, could be shared 
for the mutual blessing of all. 

Rev. Ed Lewis of the Christian Edu- 
cation Department directed a session 
on TIME ministries. The problems of 
transportation, ministry, language, 
finances, and so on, as they relate to 
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TIME missionaries were aired and, 
hopefully, resolved. One night the 
superintendents were invited to a 
dinner where they were able to meet 
with the young people who will be 
going to their fields for TIME minis- 
tries this year. At least 22 young 
people of college age or above wil' be 
involved in this program on Brethren 
foreign fields this summer or for an 
entire year. 

Another important occasion for the 
field leaders was the opportunity to 
meet many of the candidates under 
consideration for service in the near 
future. Grace Schools students were 
invited to a half-day seminar in the 
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■s. and Mrs. Dave Hobert listen intently to Tom Julian during a dinner 
for field superintendents, candidates, and board members. 



FMS offices, and about 50 were in- 
volved in the group meetings vv'ith 
superintendents from the fields of in- 
terest. Also, those who have made 
formal application to the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society were interviewed by 
the field representatives to answer 
questions, determine qualifications, 
and other related matters. 

Finally, the superintendents were 
kept busy with some outside activities, 
too. More than 20 services were held 
in area churches on prayer meeting 
night and Sundays while they were in 
town. Most of them were involved, 
too, in chapel programs at area Chris- 
tian schools— including Grace, Warsaw 
Christian (elementary), and Lakeland 
Academy (junior and senior high). 

Twelve members of the Board of 
Trustees met for three days, also. The 
superintendents remained in Winona 
Lake during those days and were avail- 
able for consultation with the board 
and its various field committees. Only 
Dr. Bernard Schneider was absent 
from the board meetings— he was in- 
volved in an interim pastoral ministry 
during that time at our Waimalu 
church in Hawaii. Dr. Glenn O'Neal, 
president of the FMS corporation, pre- 
sided at the semiannual sessions at 
which several important and far- 
reaching actions were taken. 

The budget for 1978 was set at 
$1,235,600— a record high! Missionary 
personal allowances were increased to 
enable our field personnel to keep up 
with inflation to some degree. Infla- 
tion, coupled with the devalued dollar 
abroad (see Mr. Zielasko's article else- 
where in this issue), has caused our ex- 
penditures to increase at an alarming 



rate in spite of conservative spending 
policies in the home office and on the 
field. 

Because of these increased costs, 
new support levels were set for the 
personalized support program. Pastors 
have received letters from the office 
indicating what their congregation's in- 
creased portion should be for each of 
the missionaries whom they support. 
Support figures now are $14,200 for a 
couple; $8,200 for a single missionary; 
and $1,750 for a child. These are not 
salary figures but the total cost of 
keeping a missionary on the field and 
caring for his field expenses. (Adminis- 
tration costs, however, are not in- 
cluded in these figures, so General 
Fund offerings are still needed.) 

A change was made in our Euro- 
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Leaders" seminar for Grace stude 



pean ministries in that Roger Peugh 
was named as field superintendent for 
Germany. Tom Julien remains as field 
superintendent for France and also 
will serve as European coordinator. 

The board heard reports from the 
general director and the field super- 
intendents. Also, four of the board 
members had returned recently from 
field visits, so they were able to give 
fresh, firsthand reports of their sur- 
veys. The trustees, field superintend- 
ents, and office administrators were 
joined for an evening meal by candi- 
dates from the Winona Lake area. 

The highlight of the board meetings 
very often is the meeting of the pro- 
spective missionaries. A list of more 
than 50 applicants was reviewed by 
the board and 10 were personally in- 
terviewed. While no formal announce- 
ment can be made now, it is possible 
that there will be two to six appoint- 
ees named yet this year. By the end of 
1980, moreover, there may be as many 
as 20 or more who will be approved 
and ready to go to the fields! 

It is the firm conviction of the 
board members and office staff that 
"the ball game is played on the field." 
Interest, prayer, financial support, and 
concern must be centered "out there" 
where the missionaries are laboring in 
the harvest fields. However, our read- 
ers should be aware of the effort and 
activity of the support staff at home. 
Remember the board and the office 
staff in your prayers. Don't forget, 
though, that the 34,000 members of 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches are a part of the team, too. 
Thanks for your involvement! Keep up 
the good work! 

North Brazil during a "Meet the 





August was a busy month. Busier than usual. After three 
weeks of deputation, I found myself back in Winona Lake 
hurriedly trying to finish packing my outfit to send to the 
field. It seemed I would never get everything in order and 
the days were passing too rapidly for the amount of work I 
had to do. National Conference brought its blessings, and a 
profound sense of responsibility was instilled in me at the 
time of the missionary dedication service. What had been a 
dream for many years was now about to become a reaUty. I 
call it a dream because I feel that God's will for one who is 
walking close to Him is a dream to be wished for and a 
hope to be realized when He chooses the time. 

On August 25, feUow appointees Ralph Robinson and 
Rich Coburn, and I traveled to Chicago to get our visas. The 
Lord was good and I was able to get mine shortly after 
noon. Just a few hours later I was sitting in O'Hare airport 
saying those sad and solemn goodbyes to my beloved 



parents. I have never found long plane rides very enjoyable. 
They are actually very boring and 1 always find it hard to 
sleep. As we circled for an hour over Buenos Aires, my 
mind drifted back over the events of the past year. The 
dense ground fog delayed our landing. 

Here I am in Argentina again. So much happened in the 
past year. There was the meeting with the board in Feb- 
ruary and appointment to missionary service. The truth is 
that it came as somewhat of a surprise to me. Then there 
was the marvelous way in which the Lord provided for my 
support. May brought graduation from Grace Seminary, 
which for me was one of the greatest victories of my Ufe. I 
shall never forget the joyful and proud embrace of my 
father who had gone through the same experience 23 years 
earlier. And all the toils of academic labor were worth it. I 
had experienced a similar joy just a few weeks earlier when 
I passed the district ministerial exam in Indiana. 

But now I was in Argentina again. A lump swelled up in 
my throat as I realized I was now here under different 
circumstances. 1 had come to stay, and I must admit the 
question crossed my mind, "Am I doing the right thing?" 
But Argentina is nearly as natural as home to me, and I 
really had no time to give it any more thought. After only 
three days on the field, I had to fill in and preach on my 
first Sunday back in the country. The young man who was 
leading the service introduced me as "a very important 
visitor." I really didn't feel too important. After just a few 
short days in Buenos Aires, I boarded another plane for the 
trip to Cordoba where Rev. Solon Hoyt greeted me with all 
kinds of responsibilities he was preparing to send my way. I 
took them on joyfully, realizing that it was for this that I 
had come. 

I began teaching almost immediately in the Bible Insti- 
tute at Almafuerte. 1 yearn some for the joys and sorrows 
of being on the other side of the desk! One of my students 
wrote to me after school was out and said, "Thank you, 
Peter, because you tried in many ways to help us and you 
did it." Somehow it makes you believe that all the effort 
and money spent is worth it. Along with teaching at the 
Bible Institute, I began to travel 300 kilometers every other 
week to minister in our church at Huinca Renanco. God has 
blessed there as I have been preaching a series on the Book 
of First John. The Sundays on which I do not travel to 
Huinca Renanco, I visit and often preach in other churches 
here in this area. Every Wednesday evening I teach a Bible 
study in our church in Santa Isabel. It has been a great 
blessing to me personally as we worked through the Book 
of James. Our people here are hungry for teaching, and 
with God's aid I hope to encourage them in the Word. Am I 
sorry I came? No. Do I feel like missions are worthwhile? 
Yes! Is it hard? Yes. 

A few weeks ago I sat solemnly in another airport as I 
awaited the departure of senior missionary and my "father" 
in missions, Solon Hoyt. He and his family were leaving for 
a year's furlough in the states. I would be the only Brethren 
missionary left in the province of Cordoba. It would mean a 
lot of responsibility for me. 

Another lump arose in my throat as I watched their 
plane taxi down the runway, leave the ground, and then 
gently bank off toward the East and South. As the lights of 
the plane disappeared into the shadows of a dark and damp 
night, I wondered what Timothy felt like when he put Paul 
on a boat and sent him away. I forced myself to bring these 
reflections to a halt as I wandered back to my car. There 
was work to be done. 



foreign missions 

A Bakers Doze. 



Lynn Hoyt 



Artist, unmarried iiead of the 
household, baker, ex-hippie-all of 
these are names that could be applied 
to Jesus Miguel Colazo. But the most 
important title, and the one which he 
most cherishes, is that of "Child of 
God" (John 1:12). Just a little less 
than two years ago, a lay preacher be- 
gan to visit the home of the Colazo 
family. Sadness was reigning in that 
home. Only a few days earlier the 
father had passed away-leaving nine 
children to be taken care of by his 
widow. The family was taking it in the 
typical fashion of the devout Catho- 
lic—well, that was the way it had to 
be. But underneath the fatalistic calm 
was a series of questions, especially in 
the mind of the second oldest son. 

Building on the sadness and un- 
certainties of the recently bereaved 
family, this lay preacher spoke to the 
mother and the aunt about the Lord. 
They started to attend the services 
which he was holding at the Brethren 
church. 

About the same time, the Lord 
was speaking to the hearts of the 
Argentine church leaders concerning 
the need to take better care of the 
Corral de Bustos church. However, 
they did not have the means to pro- 
vide a pastor. It was decided to try to 
send a preacher down every other 
week to hold services. When the first 
speaker went to Corral de Bustos to 
hold a service, Mrs. Colazo and Mrs. 
deMaria made decisions to accept 
Christ as personal Saviour. 

The resolve to care for the church 
went well for about three months. 
Then, because of increased commit- 
ments to the evangelistic team and 
more activities in their own local 
churches, the scheduled speakers be- 
gan missing their appointments. Some- 
time around June of 1976, I was put 
on the schedule to hold the services 
there. The group was not a large one, 
but somehow I came away with the 
feeling that the people loved, needed, 
and appreciated us. 

The second time we went, we heard 
that Jesus Miguel had made a decision 
on the Sunday before, when Horacia 
Bettinalio had been there. Shortly 
after that we were sent here to 
Rosario, and since we are the closest 



to Corral de Bustos, we began to go 
every other week. We began to see the 
blessings come— slowly, but steadily. 
When the TIME team, headed by Lynn 
Schrock, visited us, three of jesus 
Miguel's friends made professions of 
faith in Christ. One by one, the whole 
Colazo family has come to the services 
and there are only two of his brothers 
and sisters who have not yet made de- 
cisions. 

On December 4, 1977, I had the 
privilege of baptizing not four, as I had 
expected, but ten believers, only two 
of whom were any more than two 
years old in the Lord. One of these 
was Jesus Miguel. There were others 
who should have taken this step, but 
could not bring themselves to do so. 

Because we had no baptismal pool, 
I requested the use of the municipal 
pool. Not only was the request 
granted, but the mayor had the em- 
ployees rope off half of the pool for 
our exclusive use. About 175 people 
saw this group of believers gather 
around the pool and sing "I Have De- 



cided to Follow jesus" after each bap- 
tism. 

Impressive? Maybe. Shocking? Of 
course! But most of all, it will not 
soon be forgotten by those who thus 
shared their faith in Jesus Christ be- 
fore the world and the church. Jesijs 
Miguel gave a testimony which was 
very clear, and I was amazed at the 
feeling with which he gave it. 

Keeping the plan which we have 
here on the field to train nationals for 
leadership, I have started to work with 
Jesus Miguel in hope that soon he will 
be well on the way to being the leader 
of this church. The people love and 
respect him, and have chosen him to 
be the moderator for this year. They 
have also chosen him as delegate to the 
annual business sessions of the 
national church, and have promised to 
pay his way. Please pray that the Lord 
will give us wisdom in training this 
young man, and others who are begin- 
ning to show promise to become the 
leadership of the church. 

Oh, yes! The Baker's Dozen. Who 
are they? At a recent meeting, there 
were 13 Colazos present— all of whom 
have been brought to the church by 
Jesus Miguel and his mother. I guess 
that makes a baker's dozen, doesn't it? 




foreign missions 

Who is that man over there buying 
aloaf of french bread? His six-foot-plus 
frame is not reminiscent of Charles 
Aznavour. His French accent doesn't 
bring back memories of Charles 
DeGaulle. His broad smile calls to 
mind no images of the renowned por- 
trait of Charles "the Reckless." Why, 
he's not French at all! He's an Ameri- 
can! But so what? Times have 
changed, and the French no longer 
scribble "Yankee, go home" on their 
walls; the younger generation are roll- 
ing by on "planches a roulettes" 
(skateboards), wearing jeans and drink- 
ing Coke, on their way to see "La 
Guerre des Etoiles" (Star Wars). 
Americans are OK! 

"Tex" Hudson is a student in 
Albertville, France. He has been sent 
with his wife Betsy and their three 
small children to learn the French lan- 
guage and culture. In August, they will 
join the other Grace Brethren mission- 
aries working in the Burgundy region, 
bringing the number of families there 
to five. He'll be the first Texan. 

Will he keep the name "Tex" or ex- 
change it for another that has a more 
Gallic resonance? "Oh, I don't know," 



he mused, "We'll have to see if the 
Americanism is useful or not. It might 
help in making contacts, or it might 
hinder. It's just one of those things 
that one learns as he goes along." 

And Tex has been learning! Since 
hearing the call to leave a successful 
investment business to enter seminary, 
Tex has had to learn a radically differ- 
ent life style. Along the way, the Hud- 
sons moved into and out of six differ- 
ent homes in the space of seven years. 
"It really wasn't so hard leaving our 
'dream house' and farm . . . after mov- 
ing into it, we found all kinds of things 
we wanted to change." 

From worldly success to seminary 
was the most violent break. Tex was a 
stockbroker who specialized in invest- 
ment counseling and investments of 
corporate pension plans. The decision 
to apply for missionary service in 
France, however, was relatively 
smooth in comparison. "The last thing 
I want is for people to think I gave up 
anything to be a missionary in 
France." 

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French couple who had come to the 
United States to study in order to 
serve the Lord in a teaching ministry 
in their native land. During the meal, 
the Chirons shared the urgent need for 
well-trained servants of God to teach 
the Word to French people. While eat- 
ing, these words ate their way into the 
hearts of the Hudsons. They decided 
to apply to Brethren Foreign Missions 
and then to wait and see what the 
Lord's reply would be. (The Chirons 
returned home to France and Mrs. 
Chiron has since been called home to 
be with the Lord.) 

Since making this decision, there 
have been no grave doubts to cloud 
their skies and few second thoughts. 
"Praise the Lord for that," says Tex, 
"because language study is already dif- 
ficult without having doubts about 
one's 'call'! I honestly couldn't see any 
family, financial, or health reasons not 
to go to France. Then my desire was 
confirmed by Betsy's desire to go as 
well." 

"At first I was negative," Betsy 
confessed, "but then Tex papered our 
wall with a French map, and through 
the missions fellowship at Grace, we 
developed a strong interest. My en- 
thusiasm is complete. Now I'm really 
eager to go." 

The Hudson children were so young 
when they arrived in France that they 
hardly noticed the change. Mary Alice, 
whose friends call her Molly, is five; 
Elliott Anderson Hudson, Jr., four, is 
better known as Andy; and Timothy is 
an active two year old. 



But does Tex miss the familiar cul- 
ture of the USA? 

"It's funny, but the thing I miss the 
most is Saturday afternoon foot- 
ball . . . and I never watched it in the 
states! The other day, Betsy asked me 
what I wanted for lunch, and I had the 
urge for peanut butter and jelly sand- 
wiches. I doubt if I ate two of them 
during my years of seminary. The 
things we crave are those which we as- 
sociate with the USA." 

Does he feel these cravings often? 
"Well, I've come to replace them with 
other things: frog legs, yogurts and 
french bread." 

What about the future? Where will 
he go after language study? "In 
August, we'll move to Macon where 
we'll find a place to live and start 
working into a ministry in collabora- 
tion with the church there and with 
the Larry DeArmeys. I'll be principally 
working to make contacts, evangelize 
and disciple, bringing folks who are 
saved into the local church that has 
just been founded." 

According to Tex, a lot has changed 
in France since he served there with 
the U.S. military from 1964 to 1966. 
And Tex has changed, too. From fi- 
nancial investment counseling to coun- 
seling folks through God's Word for 
their present and future. From work- 
ing in central France with the U.S. 
Army to serving with "De Armey" in 
the Burgundy. While Tex is tackling 
the language and culture, will those in 
the homeland support the Hudsons 
with valiant, effective prayer? 




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The Hudson family: Betsy and "Tex" with Andy, 
Molly, and Timothy 



R Mc:::ent with Missions 



The March 1 issue of The Brethren Missionary l-lerald 
included a report of 1977 offerings for Brethren Foreign 
Missions. The report indicated that Brethren people had 
given the largest foreign missions offering in the 77-year 
history of our enterprise. It was suggested in an accompany- 
ing article that expenses also reached a record level. While 
those reports were being prepared for publication, the 
Board of Trustees was meeting in its semiannual session and 
was giving considerable study to the financial situation. 

The following articles were written by Dr. Glenn F. 



O'Neal, dean of Talbot Seminary, and president of our cor- 
poration; and Rev. John W. Zielasko, general director of the 
mission. Grateful for the wonderful financial support of our 
Fellowship and rejoicing in the victories on the field with 
prospects for continued successes, these men are also real- 
istically aware of the financial pressures. The articles are 
presented here so our readers can appreciate the concern of 
the men who have been selected to direct the work of 
Brethren Foreign Missions and so that Brethren people can 
share the burden in prayer and support. 



P *"v in the Ointment 



Dr. Kenneth Scott Latourette, dis- 
tinguished church historian, once ob- 
served, "Foreign missions is the great- 
est enterprise that has ever engaged the 
thoughts or actions of mankind." 

The Brethren Foreign Missionary 
Society, a part of that great enterprise, 
experienced some notable gains in 
1977. Consider, for example, the fol- 
lowing: 

— The first million-dollar offering 
from gifts alone. 

— The greatest number of candi- 
dates sent to the field in the Society's 
history. 

— The Chateau experiment in 
France well on schedule. 

-The founding of the first Brethren 
church in Macon, France. 

— The first baptisms in Stuttgart, 
Germany. Eight baptized-tying in this 
event with the history of the Brethren 
Church and the first baptisms in 
Schwarzenau. 

— Argentina has nine new mission- 
aries, all in their first term of service. 

— Argentina has the best potential 
for growth that has existed there for 
years. 

— All fields have updated strategies 
and are working toward common 
goals. 

— The African Church continues to 
grow; membership now over 80,000. 

: Seventy-eight are enrolled in the Bible 

School, twelve in the School of The- 

"^ ology, and three in B.E.S.T. Seminary. 

E — Corporation membership is 

?=: steadily increasing— up from 7,895 in 

-|^ 1973 to 8,854 today. 

■l" — A host of candidates now in 



John W. Zielasko 



preparation for service. 

Now, with the momentum of the 
foreign missionary enterprise proceed- 
ing at such an accelerated pace, why 
are we so glum? We should be rejoicing 
and praising God for answering prayer 
in such marvelous ways. Evangelism, 
church planting, and church develop- 
ment are all proceeding in a commend- 
able manner— so, why the long faces? 

The fly in the ointment is the weak, 
anemic, sick, devalued American dol- 
lar. The shrunken dollar, coupled with 
a highly inflated economy, just doesn't 
pay the bills anymore. It takes two of 
them to buy a gallon of gasoline in 
France and almost as much in Africa. 
In fact, to do anything overseas these 
days is terribly expensive. As a result, 
expenses over income for the Foreign 
Missionary Society in 1977 were 
$76,000. 

Missions is no longer the bargain 
that it was 20 years ago. Costs have 
skyrocketed as the dollar has plum- 
meted to an all-time low. 

How do we react to this turn of 
events? Do we say missions work is 
too expensive and retrench, or do we 
dig a little deeper, make a few more 
sacrifices, and continue to advance for 
Christ? If we believe that "missions is 
the greatest enterprise that has ever oc- 
cupied the thoughts or actions of 
man," if we believe Matthew 28:19, 
then no sacrifice will be too great for 
the cause of Christ. 



Other organizations are taking this 
latter position. Campus Crusade is at- 
tempting to raise over a billion dollars 
for its program, Billy Graham has 
launched a television campaign involv- 
ing millions of dollars. A new world 
missions center in Pasadena is in the 
process of raising $14 million. The list 
is endless as evangelical organizations 
gear up for progress. 

These are all worthy projects, but 
not one of the above-mentioned organ- 
izations could engage in more than 
general evangelism (or research) or 
have lasting results in the form of local 
congregations without the type of mis- 
sionary sent out by Brethren Foreign 
Missions. We dare not even consider 
retrenchment. 

We now have a backlog of mission- 
ary candidates progressing steadily 
toward appointment. Will we tell them 
that the Brethren Church is too poor 
or too small to send them out and pro- 
vide for their needs? Our mission fields 
have prepared strategies that need re- 
inforcement in order to succeed. Will 
we discourage our present missionaries 
by telling them that financial cutbacks 
forbid the sending of more mission- 
aries? Surely the Lord has given us the 
charge to advance. If just a few more 
of our members were to be convinced 
that missions is the greatest enterprise 
that has ever occupied the thoughts 
and actions of mankind, then the fly 
would be removed from the ointment 
and the healing salve of the Gospel 
could be applied in ever-expanding 
doses in those areas entrusted to 
Brethren Foreign Missions. 



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1Q78 Is a Key Year 



After hearing reports of the growth 
of the church on many of our fields 
and the response of the churches in 
the U.S. to the appeal to send out 20 
new missionaries, the Brethren Church 
must conclude— 1977 was a very good 
year! As the Board of Trustees met for 
the midyear meeting in February, 
there was much optimism for the 
future. New candidates are volun- 
teering to go and opportunities for ex- 
pansion into new areas are besieging 
us. 

The Brethren Church, however, 
faces a decision of faith during 1978. 
The answer will determine the direc- 
tion of foreign missions for years 
ahead. In spite of a record offering in 
1977, the fact is that expenses ex- 
ceeded offerings by $76,000. The 
board can only allocate what is re- 
ceived. Your offering for 1978 will 
make several determinations for us. 

It will determine the number of 
new areas that can be considered. 
There is a desire to expand our opera- 
tions to include the Orient, along with 
challenges within our present fields. 



Glenn O'Neal 



But these are costly considerations. 

It will determine the method by 
which new candidates raise their sup- 
port. At the present time, contacts are 
made cooperatively between the For- 
eign Missions office, the churches, and 
the missionary. If adequate support is 
not forthcoming by this method, then 
the burden for raising the financial 
commitments necessary for sending 
new recruits may have to be shifted to 
the candidate. This often requires 
much expenditure of energy over an 
extended period of time. 

It will determine the number of 
projects that can be approved. Giving 
to specific projects is popular and 
there is an abundance of worthy ones. 
But they do tend to siphon money 
from regular necessary budgeted items. 

It will determine whether adminis- 
trative expenses will be included in the 
total support figure. Up to now 
enough have given to the general fund 



to care for administration, which 
all agree is necessary. Some churches 
have assumed a portion of the total 
support of new missionaries by divert- 
ing general fund money for that 
worthy purpose. If this trend con- 
tinues, it will be necessary to add ad- 
ministrative costs to the total support 
figure which, at the present time, 
would bring that total support figure 
to about $20,000 per couple. This 
change in procedure may become 
necessary in order to assure solvency. 
The members of the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society Board are thankful for 
what God has done and is now doing. 
They are also optimistic that God wili 
enable us to see an expansion of our 
ministries in the future. But the whole 
Fellowship must catch the vision. As - 
we review the financial reports at the ; 
end of the year, many of our decisions " , 
will be made for us by you and your S 
contributions-1978 is a key year! By 3" 
faith, it will be a year that the Breth- ^ 
ren Church will say to the Foreign Mis- g-^ 
sionary Society Board-FULL SPEED | y 
AHEAD!!! ^^ 




From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

A "voice-tracking machine" was awarded first place at a 
science fair at Brethren Christian Schools in Osceola, Ind., 
on March 20. The machine was made by Lynn Stevens and 
Dawn Snedaker, two high school sophomores. A model of a 
futuristic solar home and a model of a water purification 
system won second and third places, respectively. All 
visitors who attended were judges for the science fair. The 
Brethren Christian Schools Choir recently made a seven- 
church tour in the Michiana area. 

New officers elected at the spring rally of the men of the 
Allegheny District are as follows: Donald Markley, presi- 
dent; Barry Fisher, vice president; J. Baker Redd, secretary; 
and Bill Hefner, treasurer. 

C A 6:15 a.m. breakfast (unannounced) was the kick-off 
for youth week at the Grace Brethren Church of Troy, 
Ohio. From that Sunday morning to the next Sunday eve- 
ning, the youth were busy with a constant flow of activi- 
ties. "The Lord is my strength" (Ps. 27:1) was the theme 
for the week. Goals were: to make contact with new 
teens, to grow in the Lord, and to increase the size and 
spirit of the group. The week resulted in 2 new members, 
8 decisions for the Lord (2 for salvation), and 25 visitors. 
On the last day of their "spantacular" week, the youth 
took over Sunday School classes, participated in the serv- 
ices, and sponsored a banquet for their parents. Pastor Ray 
Johnson is grateful to the youth sponsors, Dick and Kathy 
Booker, and Russ and Judy Isner, for their work to make 
the week a success. 



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A building site was dedicated March 5 for the Com- 
munity Grace Brethren Church of Goldendale, Wash. The 
day also marked the eighteenth month anniversary of the 
church. Rev. Bill Shelby, pastor of the Community Grace 
Brethren Church, Prosser, was the guest speaker for the 
service. A Bible class began in Goldendale in the spring of 
1975. In September 1976, Rev. George Christie became the 
first pastor, and the church was begun with 10 members. 
The membership has now grown to 23. The congregation 
plans to break ground for a building during the next 18 
months. 

Plans for a proposed new sanctuary were presented to 
the congregation of the Grace Brethren Church of Colum- 
bus at Worthington, Ohio, on April 9. 

A new Bible study class has been held since last Septem- 
ber at Auburn, California, a town located 30 miles east of 
Sacramento. Ladies of the Grace Brethren Church of Sacra- 
mento have made over 200 calls while canvassing there. A 
group of 20 has been attending the Bible study at the home 
of Gary and Barbara Sparling. Plans are being made to begin 
having Sunday afternoon services at a local church. 



Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

DEN LINGER, Zelpha, 85, March 12, a faithful member of 
First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, for 41 years. G. For- 
rest Jackson, pastor. 

MILLER, Ruth, 80, March 13, member of First Brethren 
Church, Dayton, Ohio, for 30 years. G. Forrest Jackson, 
pastor. 



Meyersdale, Pa., May 7-11; Richard duPont, pastor; Marvin 

Lowery, speaker. 

Albany, Oreg., May 8; Ransom Hess— Mary Foreman, "A 

Sermon in Song" 

Troutdale, Oreg., May 10; Roy Polman, pastor; Ransom 

Hess— Mary Foreman, "A Sermon in Song" 

Goldendale, Wash., May 1 1 ; George Christie, pastor; Ransom 

Hess— Mary Foreman, "A Sermon in Song" 

Grandview, Wash., May 14; Zane Bull, pastor; Ransom 

Hess— Mary Foreman, "A Sermon in Song" 



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Robert Collitt, 2212 Maiden Lane, S.W., Roanoke, Va. 
24015 . . . First Brethren Church of West Kittanning, Pa., 
church office phone has been changed to the parsonage 
number: 412/543-4019 ... Gary Cole, 20 Nina St., Or- 
mond Beach, Fla. 32074 . . . Leamersville Grace Brethren 
Church of Duncansville, Pa., zip is 16635 ... Norman 
Schrock, P.O. Box 10144, Caparra Heights, Puerto Rico 
00922 . . . Grace Brethren Church, Albany, Oreg., new 
secretary: Mrs. Beulah Davis, R. 3, Box 81, Scio, Oreg. 
97374 (Tel. 503/394-2724) . . . James Kennedy, 98-404 
Ponohale St., Aiea, Hawaii 96701. 




hoping to help in Christian ed, youth, 
and church growth 






A lot can happen in the sanctuary or worship center 
of the church. The proclamation of God's Word can be 
powerful and effective, cordial and warm. 

The church at home is crucial, too. Christians caring 
and living God's way are vital to the plan of God. 

But what happens in the hallways before and after 
the services? Sharing and loving, caring and reaching 
out— it really can happen in the hallways! 

What do you do when you see a new person you 
don't know? It's a great time to love. 

What comes after 

1. "Hello." 

2. "How are you?" 

3. "Hot (or cold) today, isn't it?" 

Those are actually good starts, and necessary. But 
what then? 

With some, that must be the stop. But you need to 
know many others better, or invite them over to your 
house after the evening service. 

Perhaps you can be sure they know about the adult 
Bible fellowships in your Sunday School. You can intro- 
duce them to some other people you know in the 
church. 

You can find a way to help with their pain, after first 
finding out where it hurts! 

Often it's easy to rush in and out of church gather- 
ings—rushing in because you overslept 10 minutes, and 
out because the crockpot is on. And you miss golden 
opportunities in the hallways and by the pews. 

It's a sin to quit church. The Bible is clear on that, in 
Hebrews 10:25. 

But don't forget what one of the purposes of the 
"assembling together" is: "Let us consider how to stimu- 
late one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking 
our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but 
encouraging one another...." (Heb. 10:24-25 NASB). 

A lot can happen that way, if you will love in the 
hallway and the pew! 



MARCH SUNDAY SCHOOL CONTEST 



Div. 



Church 



A - Long Beach, Calif. (First) 

B - Bellflower, Calif. 

C - Seal Beach, Calif. 

D - Johnstown, Pa. (Singer Hill) 

E - Atlanta, Ga. 

F - Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville) 

G — North Lauderdale, Fla. 

H - Modesto, Calif. {Big Valley) 

I - Aiken, S. C. 

J — North Kokomo, Ind. 

N - Kansas City, Mo. 



Thank you for your careful support! 
We need you ! 

The money you share in the 
nanne of Christ helps us help 
churches fulfill the Great Commis- 
sion of Christ, which is all about 
evangelism, baptism, and Christian 
education. 

Our goal this year is $100,000 to 
help with staff and travel, many 
publications, youth ministries, and 
helps to pastors. 

We're hoping you're hoping to _- 
help! ^ 

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(Please see page 16 for infor- ^ 
mation about the tape we would ™ 



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on church growth and person 




GBC Christian Education interview with Dr. James Kennedy, 
of Coral Ridge Presbyterian and "Evangelism Explosion" 



Knute Larson 

CE Executive Director 



There were 4,300 there the morn- 
ing I attended. 

That's a jump from 17, the 
average attendance one year after Dr. 
James Kennedy had begun pastoring. 

That was down from 45, where 
Coral Ridge was when Kennedy 
started. 

"Evangelism Explosion" is the 
story of their amazing growth, put 
into books, a film, and many seminars 
there in Fort Lauderdale and all over. 

But I wanted to get Kennedy's 
thoughts myself for you. 

Let's visit! 
KL Vhat drove you to get something 

different started in the church— it 

didn't explode rielii awnv!? 
JK: That's for sure— it "imploded." 
When I came, we had 45 people. After 
preaching to them for about 10 
months, I had 17 people. That's what 
you call "Scottish revival"! 

Then I figured I needed to do 




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something different: take somebody 
with me and visit. I visited and found 
out I didn't know what to do! I just 
miserably failed. 

I went to Atlanta to conduct an 
evangelistic series, happy to get away. 
The minister there said we'd be going 
out visiting in homes, which I was 
totally incapable of doing. As a per- 
sonal witness, 1 was no doubt the 
world's worst! 

So we went out, and I had a re- 
peat fiasco. Finally the pastor realized 
what the situation was and took over 
and led the man to Christ. And during 
those 10 days he led almost 54 people 
to the Lord! I watched most of that. 

My life was transformed from 
that experience of going with him and 
seeing him win people to Christ. (It 
turned out that he had learned to do 
that just the year before from the 
evangelist.) 

I came back and started leading 
people to Christ. And it worked down 
here! The church pulled out of a nose 
dive and began to grow. 

After a year and a half, I realized 
I ought to teach my laymen. 

So, to show you how foolish one 
preacher can be, I started having 
classes on how to do this. But nothing 
happened. 

Then it dawned on me that I had 
had all the classes in seminary and I 
still was not able to witness because I 
was scared. I couldn't even do what I 
knew. 

Well, I took a man with me. (It 
wasn't until somebody had taken me 
by the hand that I had overcome my 
fear. Fear is the basic problem, I think, 
for laymen and pastors.) I took him 
out for a few months, once a week. He 
was a 64-year-old man who had been a 
Christian most of his life and had al- 
ways wanted to witness. He started, 
and led a lot of people to the Lord 
before he died. He took somebody else 
out and lie started winning people to 
the Lord. 

I figured, "Well, Lord, maybe this 
is it. Maybe I've found it." 



I really believe that this is it! I 
believe that the missing link in evangel- 
ism is the "on-the-job" training. 

A lot of guys who have been here 
or who read the book "Explosion" 
lose patience. What do you say about 
how long it's going to take them? 
When do you give up? 

Well, you know that the Bible 
says that in due season we shall faint if 
we reap not. 

Huh, huh, right. 

Not quite. It says just the op- 
posite, but that's what we tend to do. 

"We shall reap, if we faint not" 
(Gal. 6:9). Perseverance is really a key 
in this thing. It's one place you really 
need the "perseverance of the saints"! 
In due time I believe God honors the 
persevering efforts of people. 

Why did you have a commission- 
ing service for new "visitors"? 

We do this twice a year— we com- 
mission all of the people in the evan- 
gelism program, at least all of them 
who are here that night. One reason is 
to dedicate them and their efforts to 
the Lord and to seek God's help in the 
enterprise. Another one is to call them 
to a faithful commitment of them- 
selves during this time that they will 
be training. A third one is to give 
visibility to the rest of the congrega- 
tion—to motivate them to see that 
there are so many people engaged in 
the task. And maybe they should be, 
too. 

t like that. We always do it for 
teachers and everybody who keeps 
everything maintained. Do you worry 
at all with "church growth" things, 
about maintenance and outreach— that 
certain people have to be just out- 
reach? Can I be an evangelist and still 
be a trustee or something, caring for 
the building? 

Oh, certainly, and I think that's a 
very important subject. Today there's 
a lot of talk about finding your gift 
and exercising it. God "gifted" people 
with certain gifts and we should find 
ours and exercise it. 

But I feel that there is another 




balancing truth which, when ignored, 
produces a distorted view of the 
church. 

There are some things that every 
Christian is supposed to do regardless 
of whether He has a special gift for 
them or not. Every Christian is to 
pray, read the Word of God, study the 
Word, worship. Is the triie picture of 
the church one in which a few people 
are witnessing and other people are 
doing other things? Or is everybody 
witnessing, and also doing other 
things? 

7lie one-out-of-ten that's used a 
lot— that one often has the gift of 
evangelism— same idea? 

Yes, but I don't think that's true 
for a number of reasons. 

The first one is that you can't 
establish an "ought" from an "is." 

You can take a Kinsey report and 
find out who does what sexually, but 
that's not going to tell you who ought 
to do what! You can take a survey and 
find out that 92 percent of the people 
in some town are perverts, and that 
doesn't prove that everybody ought to 
be a pervert! If 100 percent of them 
are, it doesn't prove it. 

Also, it has a totally biased 
sample. You go and pick out the 20 
most active, witnessing churches in the 
country and determine that they have 
10 percent, then you say 10 percent is 
what you want to have. It's just a 
biased sample. Therefore I think it's 
invalid. 

Should a church emphasize evan- 
gelism or edification? 

I believe it's important to have a 
balanced church. In fact, we call our 
program "EE 3"-"lnternational Evan- 
gelism Explosion 3"-which has the 
dimension of evangelism and disciple- 
ship in churches, nurturing, building 
churches that have balanced programs. 
We have found that some churches had 
very weak programs. 

Then they tried to put an evangel- 
ism program on that, like trying to 
graft a big tree into a very weak 
sapling. It just won't live. It dies. It's 
important to have nurture. 




Let's say a pastor wants to really 
get started. Would he start with just 

one nvj"'^ t^k'PP him ^nf^ tr:iinlpg him? 

First of all, the pastor himself 
should be trained— not only in how to 
witness, but how to train laymen to 
witness, how to train laymen to train 
other laymen to witness, and how to 
implement and operate the whole pro- 
gram of evangelism. That's why we 
started these clinics. 

It would be vitally important for 
him to attend a clinic. I can really say 
that with great conviction. I have tried 



to condense all the things we did 
wrong, and things that we found 
didn't work, into the six days of train- 
ing. If they want to go through that 
same process and reinvent the wheel, 
that's their privilege. 

Then ... we recommend that the 
pastor goes back and begins to train 
four laymen. He puts them through a 
sixteen-week training program which 
consists of sessions, homework assign- 
ments and on-the-job training. After 
the sixteen weeks, they can become 
trainers. They in turn can get two 
other people . . . and the pastor gets 
two others . . . and another cycle of 
sixteen weeks. The whole thing multi- 
plies in this way. 

Of course, all of this is explained 
in the textbook. Evangelism Explo- 
sion, which describes the program in 
detail. 

Tlie guy who goes home to a 
town of 20 or 30 thousand, where 
everybody claims a church— is there 
any difference in approach, in knock- 
ing on doors? Have you found guys 
saying it works just as well tiicrc' 

At first a whole lot of people 
were saying, "Yes, it worked in Fort 
Lauderdale, but will it work here?" 
Then it dawned on me that when I was 
coming back from Atlanta, that's what 
I was saying to myself. "Yes, it works 




-Mrs. Barbara Wildey 

"No Way! . . . 

But Then Yes, and Wow! " 

"No Way! . . . 

But Then Yes, and Wow!" 

When Jim and I joined Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, we were in- 
vited into the Evangelism Explosion program as personal trainees of Dr. 
Kennedy. Jim was so excited about becoming an effective soul winner— 
and I was panic-stricken! Prior to this, my Christian service consisted of 
serving on committees and singing in the choir. I avoided situations which 
involved meeting people on a one-to-one basis. Witnessing? NEVER! 

After much admonishment from Jim and a steady diet of wives being in 
subjection, I reluctantly said I would try. My actual physical sickness each 
training night was not due to my forthcoming motherhood; but that, along 
with our relocating to New York the following year, got me "off the 
hook" for awhile. 

Jim started the E.E. program in our new church home, so I had to 
become a trainer. This was the best thing that could have happened to me. 
Through this experience I not only became a soul winner, but was able to 
assist Jim in our church's first Pastor's Clinic and in implementing E.E. in 
two other churches. 

I'm so glad God didn't let me "off the hook" after all! 



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christian education 



pecial time to help 
n Educat 



With appreciation, we would like to share a cas- 
sette tape of a CE interview with Dr. James Kennedy, 
pastor of the fannous Coral Ridge Presbyterian 
Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (see interview also, 
previous page). 

Side 1: Christian Education's exclusive interview 
on evangelism and church explosion with 
DR. JAMES KENNEDY 

Side 2: Christian Education's Executive Director, 
Pastor Knute Larson, tall<s about 

"CHANGING A HABIT 

AND BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT" 

Thanks for your prayers and financial support all 
year, and for your help with this special emphasis. 



To share in this special time: 








1. Pray and ask God to gu 


de you. 


thinking 


through the importance of CE 


ministries 


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in Atlanta, but will it work in Fort 
Lauderdale?" 

We have found that it works in 
big cities, in ghettos, in small towns, in 
rural areas. It works in America, in 
Korea, in Australia, in Britain, in Ger- 
many. It works anywhere that it's 
worked. 

Now keep in mind what we're 
talking about. We're talking about a 
basic Biblical principle of training your 
lay-people to effectively and gracious- 
ly share the Gospel with other people. 
Now, just ask yourself, can you pos- 
sibly say that it doesn't work? I mean, 
if you do, you're calling the wisdom of 
Christ into question! 

Let me also add that, quite ob- 
viously, it is going to work more dra- 
matically in a town that is growing 
rapidly than in a town that is dying. 
Every church is not going to experi- 
ence the dramatic growth that we 
have. 

But if you take two churches of 
about the same size, maybe they have 
100 members. They have ministers of 
reasonably equal capabilities. Other 
factors being reasonably equal, if one 
of those churches decided to train its 
lay-people to share Christ and the 
other one didn't, I assure you the first 



church would grow dramatically faster 
than the other one. We have proof of 
that. 

get him here 
tinat 5 m:'iiibership, and yei d |iioLtii. 
Charlie accepts Christ jn his home with 
two of your people there. What hap- 
pens to him next, after you get him 
that far? What do you hope happens? 

The witness is the spiritual parent. 
He is responsible. He gets the new 
Christian involved in Bible study right 
away. He goes back to see him the fol- 
lowing week, to see how he's doing, to 
get him other materials. Then we try 
to get him into a Sunday School class, 
a discipling class, where he can come 
in any week, and go through eight 
weeks of basic things like Bible study, 
prayer, worship. Then, he can go out 
again into another class. 

We have home Bible studies, cas- 
sette tapes, a whole follow-up pro- 
gram. Like, we have a minister who is 
engaged in nothing except supervising 
that program. We try to fold them into 
the church in this way. We have "Pas- 
tor's Classes." 

hen you're all alone and tired, 
wiiai keeps you going more than any- 
thinff? 

Well, I think the Lord, of course, 
keeps me going. 



The thing that intrigues me most 
of all is the tremendous potential that 
exists in multiplication. We've got up 
to about 500 people in our own 
church who go out on evangelism calls. 
You know, if you have that many 
people going out, the church has got 
to be growing. 

We reached a peak of about 8,000 
people in church on Sunday morning 
this past year. Starting from 17, I 
think that demonstrates the potentiali- 
ty that exists in layman witness. 

Can we get a thousand people 
trained to go out witnessing? Can we 
get two thousand, five thousand? What 
effect would that have on this whole 
community? 

We have a clinic here and people 
go back to their churches. They train 
20, 30, 40 people. They have a clinic 
there in that church. They bring minis- 
ters and laymen in from other 
churches. They go back to their 
churches. We've seen it spread all over 
Australia, Britain, South Africa! 

When the world population levels 
off, evangelism can be reaching a place 
of such rapid growth, I think we can 
catch up! 

Thanks so much for what you're 
doing. 

Well, praise the Lord. It's great to 
see Him at work! 




Brethren STational 
Touth Confercince 

August 12-19, 1978 
Taylor University, Upland, Indiana 



V. 



Sieeoncl Mile 
Lifestyle 



Speakers: Ken O verstreet / Roy Roberts/ 

tlillBriseoe 
Music: Pete Carlson / Randy Kettering 

REGULAR CONFERENCE FEES: For those registering before JUNE 15-$95, plus a $20 registration fee. 
REGISTERING LATE: For registrations postmarked after JUNE 15, an additional $10 late registration fee 
will be added. 
For registrations postmarked after JULY 25, an additional $20 fee will be added. 

Send to: GBC Christian Education 
Box 365 
^■-.- , «.^-. Winona Lake, IN 46590 



wmc o(Heiarg 

President- 
Mrs. Robert Griffith, 51 7 Wile Ave., Souderton, Pa. 18964 

1st Vice President- 
Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

2nd Vice President- 
Mrs. Walter Fretz, 41 3 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Secretary- 
Mrs. Sally Neely, 565 Stonyridge Ave., Troy, Ohio 45373 

Assistant Secretary- 
Mrs. Tom Miller, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. (All checks payable to Brethren National WMC.) 

Assistant Financial-Secretary- 

Mrs. Tom Inman, 2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 
80910 

Literature Secretary — 

Mrs. Lloyd Fish, R. R. 8, Box 196, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Editor- 
Mrs. Noel Hoke, 700 Robson Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Prayer Chairman- 
Mrs. Harold Etiing, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 




wMe 

Project 



"This is good enough for us to live in," was a comment 
made after the redecoration of an apartment at one of the 
Winona Lake mission residences. That's the way it should 
be, ladies. The extended foreign missions project for WMC 
is to aid in building a new residence for our missionaries' 
visits in Winona Lake. Whether overnight or for a furlough's 
time, we ought to show the missionaries we care. Our goal 
is $6,500. Deadline for this offering is June 20. 




Complet( 
in 
Him 



JULY 1978 

Jfissionary ^Sirt/ictays 

(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 26 and 27 
of the 1978 Grace Bretliien AnnuaLy 

AFRICA 

Dr. Donald G. Hocking July 1 5 

Mark William Austin July 23, 1968 

Miss Marian Thurston July 24 

Sandrine Vieuble July 25, 1975 

Lisa Suzanne Immel July 26, 1966 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Empire. 
Miss Margaret Hull July 27 

ARGENTINA 

Maria Kaye Robinson July 9, 1966 

BRAZIL 

Kenneth Paul Burk July 3, 1961 

Frederick John Hodgdon July 9, 1964 

Rev. Earle C. Hodgdon July 18 

EUROPE 

Mr. Ronald Warrick July 9 

Elliott (Andy) Hudson July 10, 1973 

Mrs. Philip Gegner July 15 

Rev. David W. Shargel July 23 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Mrs. William L. Walker July 1 

Mrs. Floyd W. Taber July 8 

Aaron David Shultzman July 15, 1976 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

Rev. Robert S. Williams July 15 

Mrs. Solon W. Hoyt July 29 

Rt. 8, Box 222, Warsaw, Ind. 46580. 



The poster on page 19 of this issue is for your 
use on a WMC bulletin board or display case during 
this offering period. 




Thanh Offering 



The staff here at BET EMET (House of Truth) is 
grateful for the many prayers and thousands of 
dollars which have come our way because of 
National WMC. Thank you, ladies, for your con- 
tinued generous gifts. I appreciate all you have ac- 
complished over the years and I trust that God will 
continue to bless your ministry. I believe that 
WMC is a vital arm in our Fellowship, and I trust 
that it will continue to be until our Saviour re- 
turns. 
Shalom. 

His for Israel, 
Pastor Doyle Miller 




The WMC Thank 
continuous pro^ 
support of the B 
Testimony static 
California. 





— Saving nickels for one month or longer is one way to 
replenish some of the larger items in the missionary 
chest.— Pennsylvania 

— As a change, have refreshments first at your meeting. 
You might like it so well that you'll keep it that way, as 
some already do. Keep refreshments simple. 

— Have a Sunday lunch carry-in for families and an ab- 
breviated devotional meeting for one of the summer 
months. 

— Print a copy of your favorite recipe for exchange at 
your next meeting. 

— Remember your mini at the end of the school year. 
She's glad it's summer! Make certain to encourage her if 
she has garnered any special awards throughout the 
school year. Just a word will do. 

— Absentee cards are noticed in the mail by the recipi- 
ent. Make sure you encourage ones who have missed a 
recent meeting by telling them, in writing, of blessings 
received and prayers answered. 

— Use suggested programs as a guideline— fit them to 
your special needs. 

— Project chairmen, use the suggested lists for your 
projects and please contact the First Vice President for 
approval. 

— Pen Pointers Tell You What to Do 

(Tune: "Brighten the Corner") 

Do you know just where to go for help in 

WMC? 
Do you have each Pen Pointer in hand? 
When the pages you unfold and study you 

will see. 
For every council they are planned. 

Chorus: 
Pen Pointers tell you what to do. 
Pen Pointers tell you what to do. 
Use them in your WMC and in your local 

church. 
Pen Pointers tell you what to do. 

—Words by Mrs. Gerald Polman 




Me, Euodias— You, Syntyche— UGH! 

I doubt that any Christian has totally 
escaped the plight of these two, well-meaning, 
dedicated workers, who just didn't hit it off 
with each other (Phil. 4:2). We've all lived out 
or heard stories of such conflicts in churches, 
on mission fields, among pastors, WMC dis- 
trict officers— where personality clashes have 
taken a deep and distressing toll of the spirit- 
ual health of individuals and groups. 

My Syntyche and i worked closely to- 
gether. We needed to be like pepper and salt; 
but things limped along lamely for quite some 
time until one evening I had to take the last 
vacant chair— beside Syntyche! At that point I 
gave the problem to the Lord. I prayed, 
"Lord, I don't love her, but I know you do. 
Love her through me." 

It was then that God began to teach me 
HIS ways of dealing with my problem. In my 
daily Scripture readings, I found references to 
personality conflicts and advice on dealing 
with them. I made a collection of these verses 
as I came to them and soon possessed a rich 
treasure of practical ways to ease and elimi- 
nate the tensions. For example, "If you bite 
and devour one another, be careful that 
yoi/ ... are not consumed." (Gal. 5:15 lit 
trans.) or "It is an honour ... to cease from 
strife " (Prov. 20:3) 

Ah yes, Syntyche, you've brought me to 
face my personal need of change, increased 
self-control (a fruit of the Spirit) and aware- 
ness of the realities of peaceful personal re- 
lationships hallowed by self-submission and 
firm rejection of self-assertion. 

—Margaret H. Gibson, Alhambra, California 




Ever 



Nurse, teacher, mother, homemaker, 
administrator's wife-all these titles de- 
scribe the same person . . . Mrs. Marvin 
Goodman. Dorothy is the personifica- 
tion of the idea that a missionary's life 
is never static, but ever-changing. Since 
their arrival in the Central African Em- 
pire in 1946, Dorothy has had numer- 
ous experiences in each of the afore- 
mentioned occupations. 

In early days on the field, Dorothy 
used the nursing skills that she had 
studied in the states before she met 
Marvin at Grace Seminary and they 
were married. 

Later on, while they still lived in a 
two and one-half room mud house at 
N'Zoro, there were six Goodmans on 
the field, as four children had joined 
the family: David, Anne, Paul and 
Suzan. The children are now adults 
and David is the pastor of the Bowling 
Green, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church. 

Family life among the Africans was 
nonexistent in the early days of the 
Goodmans' service in Africa, but 
Dorothy reports that current trends in 
the believers' family life are towards 
sharing rather than separate coex- 
istence. During earlier days, the men 
of the family ate together, then the 
children and women ate. Now families 
are seen sitting down to eat and visit 
together. This protocol is changed, 
however, when feeding a missionary. 
Even pastors of local churches, when 
entertaining the missionaries, usually 
do not eat with them. Rather, the pas- 
tor will converse with the missionary 
while the latter enjoys the meal. As for 
the native mush, Dorothy states that 
she only recently has come to appre- 
ciate it a little. Evidently one must 
acquire a taste for local fare. 

Being a homemaker in the CAE has 



An 

Changing ^| 
Life * 





never been an easy job. With the help 
of houseboys to do the jobs of boiling 
and filtering all water, grinding meat, 
dishwashing, flour sifting, and so on, 
the load is lightened considerably. 
Starting a new life in Africa meant 
that Dorothy and Marvin had to be 
flexible in many things— and that in- 
cluded their eating habits. During the 
first years, Marvin hunted for meat 
and they ate hippo burgers, hippo 
steak and even elephant trunk. Addi- 
tions to kitchen facilities have made 
the present-day Goodman kitchen 
more convenient. With convenience 
foods packed in barrels from the 
states, and appliances such as electric 
mixers, blenders, irons, and a kerosene 
refrigerator, their Bible Institute-based 
kitchen is more like the kitchens of 
the United States than ever before. 

At the Bible Institute, Dorothy is 
responsible for teaching and training 
the wives of men who are studying to 
be the African pastors. Her days are 
filled with classes for these pastors' 



wives in the forenoon and the instruc- 
tion of these ladies' babysitters in the 
afternoon. The varied curriculum in- 
cludes simple arithmetic, reading, writ- 
ing, and Bible memorization for the 
babysitters; and courses in the Old 
Testament, New Testament, sewing, 
child care, homemaking, and leader- 
ship training for the ladies. To keep all 
schedules straight and coordinate with 
the Bible Institute Director are also re- 
sponsibilities for this busy missionary 
lady. Sharing in this teaching of 60-75 
ladies each term are the other lady 
missionaries who are stationed at the 
Bible Institute. 

In the summer of 1966, the Good- 
mans moved to Bangui where Marvin 
served as field superintendent until the 
end of that term. Dorothy became the 
official hostess for the mission, enter- 
taining the numerous guests of the 
mission and supporting her husband, 
the administrator. 

To be certain, the missionary's life 
is not considered commonplace to 
those who have never experienced 
such an existence. Early trials such as 
the time when a fire began at the base 
of the hill where the Goodmans' newly 
roofed grass house al N'Zoro stood, 
would cause the weak to stumble. The 
women came running with pots of 
water on their heads and the workmen 
made a backfire. In the midst of help- 
ing put out the fire, the missionaries 
prayed, the wind changed, and the fire 
turned. Prayer still carries Dorothy 
through her hectic days. Fires of fa- 
tigue, illness, busy days and the recent 
injury to an eye arc only the devil's 
ways of interrupting service for a time. 
The quick repair of a detached retina 
is only one example of the Lord 
changing the wind and turning the fire. 



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The "Day of Prayer," now observed in Brethren 
churches in this country and abroad under the sponsorship 
of the Women's Missionary Council, originated at the Afri- 
can mission station at Yaloke, prior to the year 1938. 

It is difficult to discover just when or how the Day of 
Prayer began. But perhaps an incident described in Dr. 
Florence Cribble's book. Stranger Than Fiction, might 
throw some light on this matter. She tells of a time during 
the early days of the mission at Yaloke when a certain 
serious decision had to be made. Human reasoning pointed 
to one plan of action, yet the missionaries could not feel 
that God's blessing was upon it. In this dilemma, Mrs. John 
Hathaway, one of the missionaries, suggested that the next 
day be spent wholly in prayer that the Lord's will might 
clearly be discerned. This was done. The burden was lifted 
from the hearts of the missionaries as a new plan was pre- 
sented. The future proved it to be right in all respects. 
Could this have been the birthday of the Day of Prayer? 

This incident occurred while Mr. John Hathaway was 
superintendent of the mission at Yaloke, and it was under 
his care that this prayer plan was begun and was fostered by 
his great concern for the prayer life of his station. Dr. Taber 
followed as superintendent, and the custom continued and 
grew during his term of office. 

It truly was a day of prayer. The national church held 
services at 5 a.m., 9 a.m., and 2 p.m. with the missionaries; 
and the Africans closed the evening with prayer in their 
villages as they sat around their campfires. 

The missionaries met at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. 
These sessions were not limited to one hour; were never 
neglected; and were a great blessing to individuals as well as 
contributing greatly to the spiritual power of the mission 
stations. 



As time went on, not only Yaloke, but all of the African 
stations observed the Day of Prayer, and when Dr. Russell 
Barnard visited the field as secretary for the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society, he was much impressed with the ob- 
servance of the day. He felt it should have a wider appli- 
cation, extending to the homeland as well. Consequently, 
we find a request from the Foreign Missionary Society 
placed before the Women's Missionary Council and so 
noted in the records of that organization as follows: 

That we accept the request of the Foreign IVlission- 
ary Society and sponsor prayer bands for the Breth- 
ren Church (using prayer calendars from the FIVIS). 
This motion prevailed in 1946, and in 1947 the fol- 
lowing recommendation was accepted. 

That we encourage the observance of the fifteenth 
day of tlie month as a Day of Prayer. 

To aid intelligent praying, requests from foreign missions 
and from the other Brethren interests as well, were printed 
in the Herald on a monthly basis. 

Those who were a part of the 1 964 national WMC execu- 
tive committee may remember the challenge of Miss Eliza- 
beth Tyson, national prayer chairman: "Every WMC mem- 
ber on her knees to get the officers, missionaries and others 
on their feet." Prayer partners, prayer chains, prayer circles, 
and numerous other methods have been used in local coun- 
cils to foster prayer. 

A skeptic could say that if the idea and format for such 
a day of prayer originated more than 10 years ago, the 
practice must certainly be out of date. But the reply should 
be, "My God still answers prayer, does yours?" 

—adapted from "Through the Years with WMC" 



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Two anniversaries were celebrated at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Long Beach, Calif., on Easter Sunday - 
the sixty-fifth anniversary of the church, and the 
tenth anniversary of the pastor. Dr. David Hocking, 
in service to that congregation. A record was set 

for the morning services with 3,792 people in atten- ^ 

dance. 

Rev. Phillip Simmons of the Melrose Gardens Grace ', 

Brethren Church, Harrisburg, Pa., has been very ill ,; 

recently. Prayer is requested for him. 

Specific steps being taken by the Bible study group at 
Auburn, Calif., are: the name "Grace Brethren Church 
of Auburn" was selected; Sunday services will begin 
June 4; and a Brethren Youth Fellowship group began 
meeting April 11. 

Rev. William Schaffer is serving as interim pastor at the Mill Run Grace Brethren 
Church of Westernport, Maryland. 

An April "New Life" emphasis was begun with a record worship attendance of 1,189 at 
the Grace Brethren Church of Ashland, Ohio. The Adult Bible Fellowships offered a 
"Crash Course in Christian Survival" for the month. 

Mrs. Dottie Ahern, wife of Rev. Gerald Ahern, associate pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Simi Valley, Calif., suffered a serious heart attack during March. 

The women of the Woodville Grace Brethren Church, Mansfield, Ohio, have matched the 
popular men's prayer breakfasts. The monthly breakfasts for women, held on Saturday 
mornings, will include Christian fellowship, discussion of God's Word, and of course - 

food. 

The North Riverdale Brethren Church of Dayton, Ohio, has extended a call to Rev. Tad 
Piobert. Mr. Robert, who has been the associate pastor of the First Brethren Church 
of Wooster, Ohio, will assume the pastorate at North Riverdale early in June. 

New York (EP) - The National Council on Crime and Delinquency reports that it cost 
New York City $71.87 per day, or approximately $26,000 a year, to keep a prisoner in 
jail in fiscal 1976. Total costs for the year, based on a jail population of 6,600 
inmates, were $173 million. I^^hen opportunity costs — the value of money if spent 
otherwise than on correction — were added, the total cost reached $183 million in 
1976, or $76.19 per person. 

New York (EP) — Of 211 Christian religious bodies surveyed by the editor of the 
Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches , only 7 6 Churches ordain women. Women 
comprise 4.12 percent of the total clergy force of those bodies. And 29 percent of 
all women clergy counted in the survey were ordained by the Salvation Army. 

Seattle (EP) — So-called "health" foods are making inroads at colleges in the Pacific 
Northwest, But it's costing m.ore than "junk food junkies" have to pay. At Seattle 
Pacific University, some 140 students have agreed to pay $17 more a quarter for an 
"alternative food program" heavy on whole grain, fresh vegetables, fruit, fish and pou 
try, according to the Christian College News Service. Those opting for the alternativ 
food program serve themselves from a buffet line, rather than being served, in an area 
separate from those on the university's regular food plan, ; 




15 may 78 




reflections by still waters 




Charles W. Turner 
Editor 



Some time ago, I related an already 
known fact-the mall has it all. But 
what I did not know was that still 
more would be added. The shopping 
mall is a place for a walk in the cli- 
mate-controlled atmosphere of both 
summer and winter. It is a place to 
rest, as well-under a beautiful, grow- 
ing tree ... or if it is the sound of run- 
ning water you want, there is certain 
to be a fountain that matches the 
beauty of a Roman plaza. There are 
shops on two levels (sometimes even 
three) with escalators and spiral stair- 
cases to get you up and down with 
grace and beauty. There are special 
shows to get you to come inside. They 
feature petting zoos with animals of all 
kinds, rocks and gems and coins and 
antiques. All of the special days are 
celebrated— often with visits from per- 
sons from the North Pole or other 
strange places. 

You can buy something if you 
wish, but I encourage my wife not to 
do so unless it is absolutely necessary 
to keep the economy of the country 
on the move. The mall is the place for 
the cheapest entertainment, if only 
you can stay out of the stores that 
somehow got under the same roof as 
the entertainment. But to show prog- 
ress is an always moving process— a 
new attraction is cropping up all over 
the empty spots at the mall. You can 
now have your blood pressure taken 



for 50 cents. My first impulse was, 
"what a way to save $50!" or some 
figure near that mark. So, with the en- 
couragement of my spouse, I thought I 
would try it. 

You put the little strap around 
your arm, sit still, put in your money 
(more fun than paying a nurse) and it 
all happens. Something inside the ma- 
chine responds by pumping up the 
little bulb. You wait for 70 seconds, 
and sure enough, right there before 
your very eyes a digital readout gives 
you the results. Of course, by this time 
a crowd has gathered and is looking 
over your shoulder. If the results are 
good, the crowd may cheer; and if not, 
there are many sympathetic groans in 
the background. But you do not feel 
alone in this your hour of either great 
victory or defeat. I expect soon to see 
an enterprising insurance company put 
up a machine to sell insurance while 
you are contemplating your future. 

I thought all of this was a fine idea 
until I read that doctors are taking a 
very dim view of this whole thing. It 
seems they think the machine could 
make a mistake and give some wrong 
information. If this is true, and it can 
happen, then I have a suggestion for 
the machines- better buy some mal- 
practice insurance like the doctors 
have. Then the machine would be 
covered if it were ever sued by a dis- 
satisfied customer. 

This all brings us to the subject of 
self-diagnosis— sometimes good and 
sometimes bad, depending, of course, 
on how accurate it may be. I am cer- 



tain the machines for reading blood 
pressure may not always be right. And 
the results may hide or disguise a prob- 
lem, and that is bad. But self- 
examination is encouraged from the 
Biblical viewpoint. We are reminded 
many times in the Scriptures to check 
out our spiritual relationship to God 
and see if we are in the faith. We are 
told to check out our relationship to 
others and see if we love one another 
like we should. We are to look from 
time to time at our prayer life and 
whether we are witnessing for the 
Lord as we are encouraged to do. 

The way we are to make the check- 
up is to go by a standard. That stand- 
ard is the Word of God, and it is the 
only true one. We cannot let our feel- 
ings or emotions, or even our own con- 
science, be the guide. The final rule 
and guide must be the certain teaching 
of the Scripture. The Scriptures, along 
with the Holy Spirit, give you the 
reading as to where you stand with 
Him. Then there are times when an in- 
dependent opinion is of great value to 
your spiritual life. Someone who has 
your spiritual welfare at heart can be a 
good person to pray and counsel with 
for decisions and spiritual help. It can 
all help to build up your faith and 
keep you moving in the right direction 
for God. 

So you can draw your own opinion 
as to whether you should stop by that 
mall machine for blood pressure tests. 
But do not put off too long the check- 
up on how things are going between 
you and the Lord. 



COVER: Two of the ministries of the Grace 
College Missions in Action program are the 
nursing home and puppet teams. See the 
story on page 'lA— Photos by senior Jeff 
Calenberg, West Chester, Pennsylvania, who 
serves as president of Grace Missions in 
Action. 

reported in the herald 

35 Years Ago- 1943 

The Mansfield Grace Brethren Church 
celebrated its first anniversa- 
ry.... Bob Culver is reported to be 
the busiest young man in Northern 
Ohio these days as he is laying the first 
floor on the joists at the Fremont, 
Ohio, Brethren Church. . . . Seminary 
boys go to jail to minister that is— 
Robert Dell, Samuel Homey and Paul 
Mohler at the County Jail in Warsaw. 

15 Years Ago- 1963 

Thomas Hammers, pastor of the Fre- 
mont, Ohio, Brethren Church reports 

36 public decisions— 10 first- 
time. . . . James Custer, Lloyd Wool- 
man, John Schumacher, Ron Thomp- 
son and David Dilling are graduates of 
Grace Seminary in this class of 1963. 

5 Years Ago- 1973 

Grace students went on a Walk-A- 
Thon and raised $20,000 for chimes in 
McClain Hall. . . . Mrs. Ada Etling was 
awarded a silver plate and 20 roses 
from the Winona Lake church for 20 
years of service in the nursery— as 
director and worker. 



Volume40 Number 9 May 15, 1978 
Published on the first and fifteenth of 
each month (except— one issue only in the 
months of April, August and December) by 
The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 
P. O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Printed by BMH Printing 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Artists, Jane Fretz, Gary Nieter 
Production Manager: Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 
Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 
Zielasko, Nora Macon, Grace Schools: Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 
Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer. I/VMC: Linda 
Hoke. 

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contents 

4 HOME MISSIONS PASTORS' CONFERENCE 

6 A NEW STAR IN BETHLEHEM 

8 RAPID STRIDES FOR BROOKSVILLE 

10 VERMONT HAS A GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH! 

14 GRACE MISSIONS IN ACTION 

16 TOP 20 

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Dear Brother Charles Turner, 

I am writing for a twofold purpose. First, to give some, I hope, 
constructive criticism; and second, to give some appreciations toward 
the publication, Brethren Missionary Herald. 

I would like to speak to them in the order they were mentioned. The 
constructive criticism is in regard to the article titled "The 'Dream To 
Reality' Adventure" in the Herald of 15 February 1978. The criticism 
is this— Nowhere in the whole article does it tell either in what city or in 
what state the church is located. I personally could interpret the three 
hints given: (1) Susquehanna, (2) York County, and (3) Former Pastor 
George Wilhelm, because I came to know the Lord in and lived in 
Palmyra, Pennsylvania, for 11 years. Also, we know the Wilhelms per- 
sonally. My wife has mentioned to me that this same thing has hap- 
pened in previous articles, but could not specify which ones. This has 
been on my heart, so I wanted to share it with you in order that you 
and the Herald could better meet the needs of the readers. 

I would like to express my appreciation for your editorials, the fine 
product (Herald) and the interesting articles in it. I praise the Lord for 
you and your staff. Keep on keeping on until Jesus comes. 

We look forward to each issue, so keep them coming as you have in 
the past. They have been a real blessing and challenge. 

Well, guess I've run out of things to say, so I'll close saying, again, 
thank you.— New Jersey 

Dear New Jersey, 

You have a very strong supporter of your position regarding identi- 
fying the church in the article "The 'Dream To Reality' Adventure. " 
My wife lodged the same constructive criticism when she read the 
article. We appreciate your comment, because one of the constant prob- 
lems we have here at Winona is assuming that since we know about 
churches and missionaries, everyone else does, too. Thanks for the 
friendly reminder.— ONJ 



a. 



Home Missions 

Pastors' Conference 

a Success 



Robert W. Thompson 
Western Field Secretary 



Horses, foxhounds, and black negli- 
gees! Strange-sounding terms for a Pas- 
tors' Workshop? Perhaps, but it will be 
a long time before the spiritual lessons 
recalled by these expressions will be 
forgotten by the Brethren pastors who 
were present at this year's annual 
Home Missions Workshops. Hosting 
the conference in the East was the 



The president of The 
Brethren Home Missions 
Council, Rev. Richard 
DeArmey, spoke at the 
Eastern Worship. 




A plaque was presented to Dr. Lester E. Pifer by Rev. Ron Picard at the 
Eastern Workshop held at the Grace Brethren Church of Union, Ohio. 



Grace Brethren Church at Union, 
Ohio; and in the West, the Grace 
Brethren Church of Sacramento, Cali- 
fornia. Pastors Ronald Picard and 
Richard Cron, along with their hos- 
pitable congregations, left nothing un- 
done in their efforts to provide the 
best for the visiting pastors and their 
wives. Both congregations disregarded 
the suggestion to keep the meals 
simple, and every day was a gourmet's 
delight-the uninhibited participation 
on the part of the guests proved devas- 
tating to those on a diet. 

The varied subject matter and the 
widely differing styles of the work- 
shop leaders provided a potpourri of 
practical suggestions— the application 
of which would surely enhance any 
ministry. The homespun homilies of 
Dr. John Rawlings of the Landmark 
Baptist Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio, 
gave everyone a new sense of appre- 
ciation for the pastoral ministry. The 
intimate and candid comments of Paul 
("Tex") Yearout of Family Life Semi- 
nars in Yakima, Washington, helped 
focus our attention on the importance 
of family life. Dr. Dave Seifert from 
Big Valley Grace Community Church 
in Modesto provided some practical 
pointers on church growth and Dr. 
Dave Hocking from the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Long Beach addressed 
himself to the subject of leadership in 
the local church. The sensible ideas 
and the example of the host churches 
were evidence of the practicality of all 
that was being said. 

No one would contest the fact that 
Jim Custer's PTL Club provided far 
more profitable listening than the TV 
counterpart. Rev. Knute Larson's ef- 



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Home missions pastors 
and wives at the West- 
ern Workshop held at 
the Grace Brethren 
Church of Sacramento 
California. 



fective use of the overhead projector 
added an illustrative lesson in teaching 
technique to the excellent material 
which is now available to our Brethren 
churches from the National Christian 
Education Board. Rev. James Poyner, 
of the former Home Missions church 
in Huber Heights, Ohio, spoke poign- 
antly on the subject of "Gentleness in 
the Ministry" and many observed that 
he was a good example of his subject. 
Helping to enlarge our vision was the 
valuable contribution of two other 
non-Brethren speakers: Dr. Harold 
Henniger of the Canton Baptist 
Temple in Canton, Ohio, and Dr. 
Richard Yohn of the rapidly growing 
Evangelical Free Church of Fresno, 
California. Reminding us of our debt 
to one another within the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches, Rev. 
Richard DeArmey shared a very 
needed message on loyalty. Members 
of the Home Missions staff challenged 
every pastor to a greater involvement 
in outreach and the Great Commis- 
sion. 

Although primarily geared to the 
impartation of facts and methods, it 
was apparent that one of the fringe 
benefits of such a meeting was the op- 
portunity to interact with those of like 
mind. Mealtimes and coffee breaks 
went quickly as men seized upon these 
brief interludes to discuss the previous 
session or to relate to one another on 
matters of common interest. Body life, 
a subject so popular in Christian litera- 
ture today, was much in evidence in 
workshops. One pastor observed that, 
"If there had been no public sessions 
but simply the meeting together for 
personal interaction, the workshops 




The group which attended the Western Workshop. 



would have been well worth the invest- 
ment." 

The ladies were not ignored— special 
sessions were planned for them. Shar- 
ing in these delightful seminars were 
Mrs. James Custer, Mrs. Charles Turner 
and Mrs. Ron Picard. Virginia Hawley 
and Shelly Ross also gave two delight- 
ful and practical demonstrations— of 
cooking with a microwave oven and of 
the care and feeding of house plants. 

Of special interest to all the home 
missionaries who attended was the gift 
of a new ASV Bible from the Lock- 
man Foundation. This beautiful 
leather-bound volume would make a 
fme addition to any library. A special 
thanks also to the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company, for its generosity in 
making available a special package of 
Brethren books and literature. 

One of the surprise events took 
place on Wednesday evening, March 8. 
Rev. Ron Picard, host pastor, and 
representative of the Eastern Pastors' 
Conference called Dr. Lester E. Pifer to 
the pulpit and presented him with a 
beautiful, engraved plaque, reading as 



follows: "In appreciation to Rev. 
Lester E. Pifer, D.D., for 25 years of 
dedicated service to The Brethren 
Home Missions Council, Inc. Presented 
by Eastern Pastors' Conference 1978." 

All would agree that this year's 
workshops were among the best ever 
held. It obviously took many people, 
contributing many hours of labor and 
love, to make such an outstanding pro- 
gram possible. Deserving a special vote 
of thanks were the many families who 
served in various ways, and that great 
group of individuals who shared their 
homes with the missionary guests from 
around the United States. 

No roll call of important personali- 
ties in home missions would quite be 
complete without one last special 
group. That group is the vast army of 
faithful Brethren whose interest and 
concern for these young pastors is very 
much evidenced by their consistent 
giving to Home Missions. It is not pos- 
sible for each Home Missions pastor to 
correspond personally, but on their be- 
half I'd like to say, "You're great! 
Thanks for caring!" 



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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is known 
as "The Christmas City." People from 
all over come here each December to 
see the large star on South Mountain 
shining over the city. They come to 
see the life-size nativity scene, the Putz 
presented by the Moravian Church, 
and to admire the myriad of lights and 
beautifully decorated trees. At Christ- 
mas, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, remem- 
bers the great event that took place in' 
Bethlehem, Judea, almost 2,000 years 
ago when God invaded human history 
and transformed it forever. 

Today there is a new star shining in 
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It is not like 
the one on South Mountain. It is bet- 
ter. It is a star that glows with the 
glory of God. It is a testimony to what 
tan happen when God invades the 
human heart and tratisforms people. 
'I he new star to which I refer is the 
Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church. " 

;c The most visible glow of this new star 
.. is radiating from the hearts of a loving 

^ bunch of people who have worked and 

2 prayed hard andlong to reach the goal 
n3 we have now attained ... we are at 

D last a totally self-supporting church. 

S PRAISE GOD! 
■^ Our star was not always shining 

O quite as brightly as it is now. Almost 



four years ago, a Brethren church m 
Allentown, Pennsylvania, closed its 
doors and relocated in Bethlehem with 
the help of The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council and the Northern Atlan- 
tic District missions board. We were 
not sure if that was the beginning or 
the end. But a lot of Brethren people 
got behind us and prayed and gave and 
helped. It was tremendous! It was a 
new lease on life for the faithful few 
who carried the work from Allentown 
to Bethlehem. 

The first year in the new surround- 
ings was exciting because' the people 
caught a renewed vision for lost men 
and women. We began with 30 people, 
including children, and with a burden 
for souls. God blessed. Exactly one 
year after the relocation, we began to 
erect a new church building. Less than 
a year after that we saw the need to 
step out on faith and trust God for a 
greater harvest of souls. So we went 
ahead with a second building. 

After a building program of two 
years, we finally entered the new 
facility in March 1977. Our congre- 
gation immediately set the self- 
supporting goal for one year from that 
date. How wonderful to see God's 
people labor and meet that goal! 



Rev. Ronald Guiles with members of the church 



But we are aware that the job is 
only beginning. We have only reached 
the first plateau; there is a lot more to 
do. We are the only Brethren church in 
the Lehigh Valley, and we are one of 
only a very few Bible-teaching 
churches in our area. Bethlehem is 
probably one of the most "religious" 
cities in the country. In Bethlehem 
proper, with a population of almost 
73,000, there are 94 churches-many 
of them large and well-attended. Yet 
the vast majority of the people do not 
know the Christ for whom the star on 
South Mountain shines. What a 
tragedy that the "Christmas City" lies 
in such spiritual darkness in spite of 
the star shining to commemorate the 
birth of Jesus. But we, with God's 



It has been a thrill to see people 
come to Christ, follow Him in obedi- 
ence by baptism, and then go out and 
win others to Him. It has been a' 
thrill to see offerings double, triple, 
quadruple and more because God's 
people were anxious for their church 
to be self-supporting. It has been a 
thrill to see people vyho had never 
shared their faith before, witnessing 
for Christ. It has been a thrill to go 
into the homes of folks who have 
visited our church for the first time 
and hear them say, "I have never seen 
a church so alive, so warm, so friend- 
ly." It has been a thrill to realize that as 
a church we have met the great goal we 
set out to accomplish three and one- 
half years ago . . . WE ARE NOW 
SELF-SUPPORTING. 



The Ron Guiles Family 



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The congregation at the Lehigh Valley 
Grace Brethren Church 



help, are doing something about it. 
Our star must burn more and more 
brightly in a community burdened by 
"religion," so they may see the living 
Christ. 

But wait, let's reflect for a moment. 
If our star is shining, it is only because 
God's people cared. Not only people 
in Bethlehem, but also those all across 
the Northern Atlantic District and all 
over this great land of ours-peopic 
who gave to Brethren Home Mission*. 
I know I speak for all our people when 
I say, "thanks for your support." Be- 
cause of you, we here in Bethlehem 
can say, in the words of the children's 
song, "This little light of mine, I'm 
gonna let it shine . . . [and shine and 
shine] till Jesus comes." 




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Rapid 

Strides 

for 

Brooksville Church 



The Brooksville Longrcgation 



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Brooksville, Florida, known as the 
pleasant city of seven hills, the county 
seat of Hernando County, and a coun- 
ty "on the grovi/," is the home of a 
progressing Brethren Home Missions 
church. 

How docs a city look when it sits 
on a launching pad . . . and takes off 
into blazing growth? Brooksville is the 
answer. 

This area of Florida has a higher 
percentage of residential growth than 
any other county in the state. Being 
strategically located, Brooksville is the 
hub of Central Florida's scenic and 
amusement attractions. It is just 60 
miles from Disney World at Orlando, 
75 miles from Cypress Gardens at 
Winter Haven, 55 miles from Silver 
Springs and Six Gun Territory at 
Ocala, 45 miles from Bush Gardens at 
Tampa, and just 15 miles from Weeke 
Wachee— which makes Brooksville the 
perfect place to spend the winter. But 
more impressive are the mild climate 
and beautiful countryside with gently 
rolling hills, abundant trees, and 
enough orange groves to remind one it 
is Florida! In this setting of rural living 
and rapid growth, is one of Florida's 
newest Home Missions churches. 

Four years ago, five Brethren fami- 
lies who had moved to the Brooksville 
area met for the purpose of organizing 
a Grace Brethren Church. Under the 
leadership of Rev. Jerry Snyder, Sun- 
day services were begun in Spring Lake 
Community Building— and the Grace 
Brethren Church of Brooksville, Flori- 
da, became a reality. Mr. Snyder pas- 
tored the church on a part-time basis, 
commuting the 60 miles from his 
home in Brandon, Florida, until Pastor 
Herman Koontz came on the field in 
1975. (He too commuted aboLit 70 
miles each weekend from Orlando, 
Florida.) Under Mr. Koontz's ministry, 
the congregation requested and re- 



William Willard 



ceived support from The Brethren 
Home Missions Council, and on May 
22, 1976, the church called mc as full- 
time pastor. 

At that time, the membership of 
the church was 14. Since then, services 
have been moved to the Eastside Ele- 
mentary School in Hill-n-Dale; and 21 
new members have been added- 
bringing the membership of the con- 
gregation to 35. And God continues to 
bless— 7 new candidates are awaiting 
warmer weather so they, too, can be 
baptized in obedience to God's Word 
and officially gain membership status; 
and 4 recently made first-time deci- 
sions for Christ. 

Membership was not the only area 
of growth! The growth in membership 
is an indicator of growth in other areas 
of our church. Our Sunday School 
continues to grow. Present attendances 
have been consistently in the 40s, with 
a high on Palm Sunday of 52. The 
other services have experienced good 
growth as well. Morning worship at- 
tendances have climbed into the 50s, 
with 52 present on Palm Sunday. 
Evening attendance is on the increase 
as new people are excited and becom- 
ing active in the services. 

There are other areas of progress in 
our church, as God continues to an- 
swer prayer. After one year of specific 
praying and searching for church prop- 
erty, our answer came. While calling 
one afternoon, God led me to 
the home of a fine Christian couple. 
During the conversation that followed, 
it was learned that God had moved 
this couple to buy 3.26 acres of land, a 
choice site on a main highway, for the 
sole purpose of building a funda- 



mental, Bible-teaching church on it. 
Since that conversation, many wonder- 
ful things have happened: the owners 
agreed to sell us the property for 
$20,000 ($7,500 under the asking 
price) and finance it for two years at 7 
percent simple interest; Home Missions 
approved the site; our congregation, in 
a bold step of faith, voted to purchase 
the property; and, with our down pay- 
ment of $5,000 on November 18, 
1977, the site for the Grace Brethren 
Church has become a reality by faith. 
This reality will be fully apprehended 
when our final payment on the land is 
made in May of next year. We are 
trusting God to be making progress 
into our building program by that 
time. Through the prayers, gifts, and 
work of God's people, it will be done! 
Another interesting note is that the 
couple who sold us the property are 
very faithful attenders of our church. 
God multiplies the blessings, doesn't 
He? 

After the initial down payment on 
our church property, rezoning was re- 
quested and approved. Our next step 
was erecting two large 8 foot by 12 
foot signs listing our future church 
site, present meeting place, time of 
services, and so forth. Then, on Easter 
Sunday morning, 27 people gathered 
on the hill of our new church property 
with our large sign behind us stating 
our purpose. With God's glorious 
resurrection morning breaking before 
us, we joyfully experienced our first 
Easter Sunrise Service. 

Many good things are happening at 
the Grace Brethren Church of Brooks- 
ville, Florida, for which we give God 
all the glory— "great things He hath 
done." It is our desire to share these 
Florida blessings with our growing 
Brethren family, and at the same time 
be drawn closer to your hearts in car- 
ing and sharing. 






On February 11, 1978, Rev. Sam I. 
Horney, a 26-year veteran of Brethren 
Home Missions, went home to be with 
his Lord. "Sam," as everyone l<new 
him (and just about every Brethren did 
know him) began his first Home Mis- 
sions assignment at Cheyenne, Wyo- 
ming, in July 1945, following gradu- 
ation from Grace Seminary. After serv- 
ing four years as pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, Cheyenne, he ac- 
cepted the call to serve as missionary 
to the Spanish-American people of the 
Taos Valley. For the next 16 years, 
the seed was faithfully sown through- 
out the Taos Valley via radio. Vaca- 
tion Bible Schools, branch Sunday 
Schools, and the Christian day school 
ministries. In 1965, he returned to the 
Home Missions church at Toppenish, 
Washington, and served there for six 
years— making a total of 26 years. 

When Sam was asked the question, 
"What experience or factor proved 



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helpful in your ministry?" Sam's reply 
was, "The hardships of the depression 
years." During the 22 years of minis- 
try at Taos and Toppenish, Sam and 
his family were surrounded by thou- 
sands of poor people; and it could be 
that the Lord used the depression ex- 
perience to give Sam a missionary's 
heart to minister to the people where 
the Lord directed him. 

Sam Horney loved the Lord; and 
Sam Horney loved people. He could 
always smile and see the bright side of 
life even under the stress and strain of 
physical pain. Sam loved the Brethren 
Church and gave his best to the Fel- 
lowship of Grace Brethren Churches. 
In addition to serving Brethren Home 
Missions, Sam served on the Board of 
Trustees of Grace Schools for nine 





years— from 1957 to 1966. He sup- 
ported Grace Schools through his 
family. Five of the Horneys' six chil- 
dren graduated from Grace College; 
and the sixth was planning to attend, 
but was taken to be with the Lord in 
an automobile accident. 

Sam Horney is at home with the 
Lord. He is at home with a lot of 
friends who preceded him; and he is at 
home where a lot of friends are yet to 
join him. Sam and his wife "Beth" had 
an earthly home together for over 40 
years, and together raised a family of 
six children. Sam has joined their son 
Gilbert at home with the Lord, and no 
doubt is waiting to welcome home 
other family members, as the Lord 
calls them. 



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Our first Grace Brethren Church in 
New England is now a reality! On Fri- 
day, February 10, 1978, a newly 
formed congregation voted unani- 
mously to bring their constitution in 
line with the standard home missions 
constitution and to become a member 
church of the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. Several baptismal 
services have been held for the be- 
lievers; and attendances and member- 
ship are on the increase. 

Rev. and Mrs. Jim Hunt were in- 
troduced to Brethren Home Missions 
at the Grace Brethren Church, Worth- 
ington, Ohio, under Pastor David 
Hocking's ministry. They were asso- 
ciated with the Anaheim Grace Breth- 
ren Church in California while attend- 
ing Talbot Seminary. Later they fel- 
lowshipped with the Glendale church, 
and now have their membership at the 
Community Brethren Church in Long 
Beach. 

An interest in New England and 
Canada came as a result of the Hunts' 
previous stay in Sherbrooke, Canada, 
while in French language study in 
preparation for the mission field. They 
developed some lasting friendships and 
a deep love for the people there. They 
were very cognizant of the dire need 
for the Gospel in that spiritually bar- 
ren section of the country. 



Lester E. Pifer 



Their burden increased and led to a 
call from Rev. Charlie Knute, a fellow 
classmate at Sherbrooke, and north- 
east director of the American Mission- 
ary Fellowship. 

The Bible class ministry started at 
Irasburg, five miles south of Newport 
where they are based, and only ten 
miles south of the Canadian border. 
Jim and Mary taught and loved the 
people and did an extensive amount of 
soul-winning. People began to come to 
Christ. Former Catholics, stayed 
church members, opened their hearts 
and rejoiced in the joy of their salva- 
tion. Others from varied backgrounds 
responded, as well. In Jim's words, 
"People were getting saved and were 
looking to me to direct them to bap- 




tism and church membership. I'm 
Grace Brethren— and that's what they 
learned." Their ministry continued to 
expand with classes at the Vermont 
towns of Irasburg, Island Pond, Hol- 
land, Lowell, and Franklin; and an- 
other class in Sherbrooke, Canada. 

Mr. Hunt and a couple of his lay- 
men made a report on their work to 
the Northern Atlantic District mission 
board. This board informed The 
Brethren Home Missions Council of 
their findings and interest. 

Pastor and Mrs. Luke Kauffman 
and my wife and I journeyed to Iras- 
burg and met with 35 enthusiastic 
adults in an informal Bible study and 
inquiry session last fall. Their ques- 
tions about the Grace Brethren Fel- 
lowship have been answered during 
meetings with Pastor Kauffman and 
me since then. 

Through these months, the work 
has had a steady growth. The congre- 
gation moved from the Bible class 
stage to Sunday morning services at 
the new Irasburg Elementary School. 
Mr. Hunt also holds a midweek meet- 
ing for them while continuing his 
other classes in nearby areas on the 
other nights of the week. 

A letter of application from this 
group was read at the spring meeting 
of the directors of The Brethren Home 



home missions 




Sunday School classes 




Missions Council. After careful con- 
sideration of their reports and his- 
tory, the board voted to adopt them as 
a national home mission point. On 
March 19, I traveled to Irasburg and 
spent the day with the new congre- 
gation. In spite of a heavy five-inch 
snowfall, 55 were in church and Sun- 
day School, and more attended the 
carry-in dinner and afternoon service. 
The church rejoiced in the news of 
their acceptance, and plans were made 
for the development of the work. 
Their membership has risen to nearly 
60, with attendances already peaking 
at the 100 mark. 

The congregation has already pur- 
chased 10 acres of property at $1,000 
per acre. In a short period of time, 
they have raised half of that amount. 
Assured of $1,000 coming from the 
district, they expect to have the prop- 
erty paid for in the next few weeks. 
They have 14 students enrolled in a 



Christian school, now in operation in a 
home. They are laying plans for con- 
struction of the home mission stand- 
ard first-unit building this summer. 

Mr. Hunt has agreed to stay with 
the group as their pastor, by permis- 
sion of his missionary board with the 
understanding that he can continue his 
other classes. The American Mission- 
ary Fellowship looks with favor on the 
work becoming Grace Brethren, as 
their interest lies in getting new works 
started in needy areas. Mr. Hunt insists 
that another Brethren pastor is needed 
urgently to help develop this work, 
and is expecting other Grace Brethren 
churches to emerge shortly— leading 
perhaps to a Northeast District? 

Each time I have returned from this 
area, I have been impressed with the 
deep sincerity of these dedicated 
people. They deeply love the Lord and 
are very mindful of what Christ's de- 
liverance means. They will be sending 



Irasburg Elementary School-the present 
meeting place for the newly organized 
Grace Brethren Church, Irasburg, Ver- 
mont 



Congregation at a morning worship service 





a delegation to the district and nation- 
al conferences for official recognition. 

One father said to me, "I have 
raised a large family and taught them 
all to be good Catholics. Now that I 
have been saved, I must reach all these 
children and their families and show 
what it means to be Bible-believing 
Christians. I'm happy to have one son 
and his family with me in this 
church." 

Pastor and Mrs. Jim Hunt have 
made considerable sacrifice to see this 
work become a reality. They are there 
on faith, with only a few churches sup- 
porting them through the American 
Missionary Fellowship. It isn't easy to 
keep a home and family with two in 
college on $4,000 to $6,000 support, 
but they are quick to add, "God has 
supplied our needs!" More help is 
coming through the Irasburg Brethren, 
the Northern Atlantic District and The 
Brethren Home Missions Council. Do 
pray for their ministry. It is not an 
easy work, but their dedication and 
call have been richly rewarded in the 
birth of this church, and potentially 
more churches. 



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From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

DMr. Jerry Franks, music professor at Grace College and 
popular director of the "Dimensions in Brass" has recently 
been declared medically blind with shadowy peripheral 
vision. His blindness has been caused by eye hemorrhages. 
Mr. Franks will continue with his full line of teaching re- 
sponsibilities and concert tours. 

DThe Board of Evangelism has announced that Rev. Mason 
Cooper, pastor of Rosemont Grace Brethren Church of 
Martinsburg, W. Va., has accepted a call from the Board to 
serve as national evangelist, effective Sept. 1, 1978. 

Pastor Mason Cooper has been a member of the Board of 
Evangelism for 27 consecutive years and currently serves as 
vice president. In addition to pastoring Grace Brethren 
churches, Mr. Cooper has been much in demand as a highly 
successful evangelist. 

Churches which have already scheduled crusades with 
the Board of Evangelism for the fall months of 1978 are 
being given the opportunity to reconfirm those dates with 
Mr. Cooper. Other churches are being contacted in regard 
to meetings starting Jan. 1, 1979. Churches or pastors inter- 
ested in securing the ministry of Mr. Cooper are requested 
to write to Dr. Robert B. Collitt, 1511 Maiden Lane, S.W., 
Roanoke, Va. 24015. 

DA year and a half ago, the Grace Brethren Church of 
Anaheim, Calif., was seriously considering selling the prop- 
erty and disbanding. The church has now experienced a 
dramatic about-face and has called Rev. David Goodman 
and his wife Nancy to assume the full-time leadership of the 
work. 

At a reception on April 16, the congregation honored 

the Goodmans, as well as the Altigs, who have served during 

the interim period. The prayer support of the Fellowship is 

^ requested for Mr. Goodman as he engages in this ministry. 

> 

p n Dr. Howard Mayes, administrator of the Lakeland Chris- 

m tian Academy at Winona Lake, Ind., has accepted the posi- 

"^ tion of pastor of educational ministries at the Blackhawk 

U Baptist Church of Fort Wayne, Ind. Mr. Mayes will assume 

& those duties July 1, 1978. Mr. Mayes was also the executive 

■=^ director of the Christian Education Department of the 

l£ National Fellowship of Brethren Churches for five years. 



Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest always 
upon, these new families who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six-month free subscription to the Herald is given to 
newlyweds whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

The following couples have been recently married at the 
North Long Beach Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif.: 



Mr. and Mrs. Craig Genereux 
Mr. and Mrs. John Hanks 
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Macklin 
Mr. and Mrs. Mike McClung 
Mr. and Mrs. David McClure 
Mr. and Mrs. Pat O'Connor 
Mr. and Mrs. Don Robbins 
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Whalin 
Mr. and Mrs. Tim Whitton 



Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Albarren 
Mr. and Mrs. Tim Arndt 
Mr. and Mrs. Monte Backstrom 
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Barker 
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bowers 
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Butler 
Mr. and Mrs. David Coleman 
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Davis 
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Douthit 
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fitch 

Lyn Cashman and Bruce Davis, June 14, 1977, Bellflower 
Brethren Church, Bellflower, Calif. The bride's father. Rev. 
Edwin E. Cashman, officiated, assisted by Dave Marksbury. 
The wedding took place on the twenty-fifth wedding anni- 
versary of Rev. & Mrs. Edwin Cashman. 
Martha Delgado and Miles Kolkow, July 23, 1977, Bell- 
flower Brethren Church, Bellflower, Calif. 
Kim Hamilton and Jon Emery, Aug. 27, 1977, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Anaheim, Calif. 

Janet Moore and Roger Penticoff, Nov. 5, 1977, Bellflower 
Brethren Church, Bellflower, Calif. 

Lynne Miller and Lloyd Lastinger, Jr., Jan. 21, Grace Breth- 
ren Bible Church, Fort Myers, Fla. 

Cathy Brauchler and Don Byler, Jan. 31, Grace Brethren 
Church, Lexington, Ohio. 

Thelma Moomaw and Guy Johnson, Feb. 2, parsonage of 
the First Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio. 
Debbie Woodley and Ed Waken, March 4, Community 
Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Paula Harrison and Art Ciccotti, March 
Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif 
Sandra Ann Prilucik and Richard Clizbe, 
Brethren Church, Sunnyside, Wash. 
Marsha Copenhaver and Michael McComas 
Grace Brethren Church, Sunnyside, Wash. 
Susan Poyner and Michael Blackwell, March 31, Grace 
Brethren Bible Church, Fort Myers, Fla. 



D April 16 was "Dr. Bob Collitt Day" at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Hagerstown, Md. During the morning wor- 
ship service, Mr. Collitt was presented with a plaque in 
commemoration of his fourteen and one-half years of min- 
istry as pastor of the church. Friends and congregation then 
honored the Collitts at an open house in the afternoon. 

Dr. Bob Collitt assumed the pastorate of the Ghent 
Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va., April 30. 

n Rev. Larry K. Gegner has resigned as pastor of the Indian 
Heights Grace Brethren Church of Kokomo, Ind., and will 
join the staff of the Grace Brethren Church of Greater 
Washington, Temple Hills, Md., in June. 



11, Community 
March 11, Grace 
larch 18, 



meetings 



Prosser, Wash., May 16; Ransom Hess— Mary Foreman, "A 
Sermon In Song." 

Toppenish, Wash., May 17; Greg Ryerson, pastor; Ransom 
Hess— Mary Foreman, "A Sermon In Song." 

Ashland, Ohio, June 4-8; Knute Larson, pastor; Nathan 
Meyer, speaker. 



D Plans are now complete for the construction of a new 
fellowship hall at the Grace Brethren Church of Greater 
Washington, Temple Hills, Md. 

D Rev. J. Ward Tressler has submitted his resignation to the 
Grace Brethren Church of Fremont, Ohio, effective in July. 

D Rev. and Mrs. Robert Wagner are the proud parents of a 
baby boy, Joel Robert, born April 11. Mr. Wagner is the 
associate pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Greater 
Washington, Temple Hills, Md. 




deaths 



DMr. and Mrs. Glenn C. Messner of Ashland, Ohio, will 
observe their fiftieth wedding anniversary May 26. 

Thelma M. Weirich and Glenn C. Messner were married 
at their newly furnished home in Ashland by Rev. H. W. 
Hanna of Loudonville. The Messners attended Ashland Col- 
lege and were teachers in the Ashland County School Sys- 
tem. Mr. Messner was a teacher and coach for 18 years 
before going into the insurance business, where he served 
until his retirement in 1976. His youngest son, James M., 
has taken over the Messner Agency. Mr. Messner also served 
on the Board of Trustees of Grace College for 12 years. The 
Messners have been active members and served the Lord in 
the Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. Mrs. Messner 
has served as hospitality chairman; and Mr. Messner as 
treasurer for 40 years. He is still serving in that capacity. 
The couple has four sons: Rev. Richard Messner of Winona 
Lake, Ind.; Rev. Robert Messner of Pontiac, Mich.; Mr. Max 
Messner of Detroit, Mich.; and Mr. James Messner of Ash- 
land, Ohio. 

D Rev. Philip M. Teran resigned as pastor of the West 
Covina Brethren Church, West Covina, Calif., on April 9, 
1978. The resignation will become effective June 1. 

D Looking for a youth director or assistant pastor? Confi- 
dential resumes are available upon official request from 
GBC Christian Education, Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 
46590. Those seeking such positions may also contact the 
above address. 



Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

BARTLETT, Rev. Donald M., 74, April 8, a member of the 
Indian Heights Grace Brethren Church, Kokomo, Ind. Mr. 
Bartlett died at a hospital in Lake Worth, Fla., after suffer- 
ing a massive heart attack. Mr. Bartlett had once held pas- 
torates at Flora and Sharpsville, Ind., but had been in fail- 
ing health for several years. He and his wife, Clara, had just 
celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on April 6. 
Funeral services were held April 13 at Kokomo with Rev. 
Vernon Stuber and Rev. Larry Gegner officiating. Larry 
Gegner, pastor. 

ECHARD, Earl, 74, a charter member of the Leamersville 
Grace Brethren Church, Duncansville, Pa. He was the teach- 
er of the adult Bible class for a number of years. John E. 
Gregory, pastor. 

ENGEL, Patricia, 30, April 10, member of First Brethren 
Church of Wooster, Ohio. Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 
GIORGIO, John, 82, Feb. 9, a faithful member of Mont- 
clair Grace Brethren Church of Montclair, Calif. Duane 
Bartle, pastor. 

GOOD, Gladys, 82, Dec. 29, 1977, a faithful servant and 
member of Montclair Grace Brethren Church of Montclair, 
Calif. Duane Bartle, pastor, 

HOLLAND, Hester, 89, a member of the Leamersville 
Grace Brethren Church, Duncansville, Pa. John E. Gregory, 
pastor. 

HOLMES, H. Fenton, 83, April 3, a charter member of 
First Brethren Church of Wooster, Ohio, and father of Rev. 
Robert Holmes of Homerville, Ohio, and Richard Holmes, 
member of Grace School Board. Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 
McMAHAN, Claude, March 23, a long-time member and 
officer of the Grace Brethren Church of Anaheim, Calif. J. 
Keith Altig, pastor. 



change your annual ^ 

Raymond E. Gingrich, 1720 Newport Lane, Clearwater,""' 

Fla. 33516 Robert D. Crees, 104 Hillcrest Ave., ^ 

Waynesboro, Pa. 17268. . . . Grace Brethren Church, Ana- 3" 
heim, Calif.: new secretary-Beth Levitt, 1255 N. Moraga, S 

Anaheim, Calif. 92801 Board of Evangelism, Dr. £^ 

Robert B. Collitt, director, 1511 Maiden Lane, S.W., .^ ,j 
Roanoke, Va. 24015; Tel. 703/345-5031. Ij 




Vance Christie 
Grace College Writer 

"Practical experience in Christian 
service is recognized at Grace College 
as an essential part of the total pro- 
gram of Christian education .... Each 
student is encouraged to select at least 
one field in which there is interest and 
to work regularly in that area." That is 
what the college catalog has to say 
about Christian service; and this article 
is an examination of what is taking 
place in that area at Grace. 

There are several branches under 
which Christian service is fulfilled at 
Grace. They range from music to 
sports and from chapel services with 
500 participants to dorm devotional 
groups with 5 participants. The main 
organization for encouraging Christian 
service at the school is Grace Missions 
in Action (GMA), which is a part of 
the Student Senate government. The 
purpose of GMA is to "glorify God 
through greater student involvement in 
Christian service and prayer, by pre- 
senting a vision of world missions, by 
deepening the spiritual lives of Grace 
students, and by aiding each student in 
determining his place in God's world- 
r-- wide program. 

>• Sponsored by the Christian service 

E director, GMA is run by students, with 

i£ its officers being elected each spring 

-pf for the following school year. This 

"o year's officers are: President Jeff 

Q> Calenberg, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; 

~~ Vice President Dave Jodry, Lima, 

J,^ Ohio; Secretary Lou Ann Highman, 



Delaware, Ohio; and Treasurer John 
Carini, North Brunswick, New Jersey. 
Serving as coordinator for the program 
is Larry Warner, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Exposing students to available op- 
portunities for Christian service is 
accomplished through 15 organized 
service clubs under GMA. Each group 
has a leader and is asked to submit 
weekly reports concerning its activi- 
ties. These reports include time of 
practice, place of ministry, and prayer 
requests. 

Perhaps the newest club is the 
Artist Co-op led by Dennis Foreman, 
Lititz, Pennsylvania. The purpose of 
the club's members is to act as servants 
to those who do the "leg work" of 
witnessing. Professor Jean Coverstone 
is assisting the club, which started out 
small with four persons willing to be 
involved. Dennis hopes to interest 
other art majors to join the program. 
This semester, the club hopes to do at 
least one project for each GMA service 
group in order to break the ice and 
create opportunities to do more. 

Another of the newer clubs, and 
easily one of the most popular with 
young and old alike, is the Puppet 
Team. This group of 13 members has 
as its leader Bonnie Osborn, sopho- 
more, of Mount Gilead, Ohio. Theme 
of the puppet team, which spends 90 
minutes each Saturday afternoon prac- 
ticing, is "He is Lord of all." Perform- 
ances are given in churches, nursing 
homes, at special meetings and semi- 
nars, and at children's meetings. 

One of the fastest-growing GMA 
ministries is the Attiletic Bible Study. 
Two seniors— Dan Newton of Lake- 
wood, California, and Tim Arens of St. 



Ann, Missouri— are leading the group 
of about 30 athletes. Currently, mem- 
bers are studying through the IHand- 
bool< for Attiletic Perfection, which 
emphasizes total effort for the Lord 
and not for self. 

Another GMA ministry is the A/urs- 
ing l-lome Team, led by Dave Ehrhardt 
of Copiague, New York. Presently, six 
students go out twice a week to minis- 
ter in this fashion. The services consist 
of singing, a short devotional, and fel- 
lowship with the senior citizens. 

A very popular group is the Girl's 
Discipleship Organization. The team 
started just last year and already has 
30 to 40 ladies taking part. With junior 
Cheryl Kaufman, Hollsopple, Pennsyl- 
vania, serving as the leader, the club 
has three core groups as its basis. In 
these core meetings, leaders get to- 
gether for encouragement and prayer. 
Each leader then branches out and 
meets with a small group of women. 
The small groups are presently study- 
ing the book. Disciples Are Made, Not 
Born. 

Jay Firebaugh of Roanoke, Vir- 
ginia, chaplain of the freshman class, 
heads the Ministry Team program, an- 
other new branch of GMA. The minis- 
try teams are groups of five or six stu- 
dents who desire to be in some sort of 
a musical performance program, but 
perhaps failed to be chosen for the 
school choir or band. This also pro- 
vides opportunities for those who 
want to preach. 

GMA works in connection with a 
local office of Youth for Christ. Jerry 
Landrum of Winona Lake, Indiana, is 
the area coordinator and is assisted by 
three leaders from Grace: Rachel 



grace schools 



Bracker, Osceola, Indiana; Randy 
Brownwood, San Diego, California; 
and Tom Flanagan, Gulfport, Florida. 
Probably the hardest GiVlA ministry 
is the Jail Team led by seminary stu- 
dent Bill Stroup of Birmingham, Ala- 
bama. There are eight active members. 
The team meets each Wednesday night 
for prayer and sharing; and holds jail 
services each Sunday afternoon. 

Oppressed Christians in Foreign 

Lands introduces another facet 

of GMA. The group, 

led by John 



George, 

Coolville, Ohio, 

organized last semester 

with only a few/ members. This 

semester, much interest was stirred up 

at a local evangelistic conference, and 

13 students attended a recent meeting. 

The main function of the group is 

prayer. 

Two other GMA prayer groups are 
the European Prayer Band led by Dan 
Ramsey, senior from North Canton, 
Ohio, and the IHispanic Ministries 
headed by Kerry Ropp, senior from 
Ronks, Pennsylvania. These two 
groups meet separately each week and 
discuss countries in their various areas 
of interest. Each prayer cell consists of 
six or eight faithful attenders. GMA re- 
ceives many prayer letters, and a large 
portion of the requests are distributed 
to these groups. 

In connection with GMA, there is 
also a Pre-Seminary Club. This group 
meets periodically and averages an at- 
tendance of 30 plus. The intention of 
the club is to sharpen the members as 
spiritual leaders. Seminary faculty 
serve as guest chapel speakers. Last 
semester, members spent an evening at 
the home of Dr. Homer Kent, Jr. for 
instruction and fellowship. Chad Hey- 
man, Worthington, Ohio, is the head 
of this organization. 

GMA counterpart to Girls' Disciple- 
ship is a group guided by junior Mark 
Ernst of Phoenix, Arizona. After 
studying the book Disciples Are IVIade, 
Not Born, the nine men involved have 
become leaders and each are discipling 
two or three others. 

The final club sponsored by GMA is 
Personal Evangelism with Lennie 
Anspach of Altoona, Pennsylvania, as 
leader. This group of five students 
meets once a week for a time of 



prayer. Studies include such areas as 
how to pray in order to witness effec- 
tively, and how to present the plan of 
salvation. 

Mike Miller, sophomore from Car- 
lisle, Pennsylvania, is the driving force 
behind two other GMA projects. He is 
developing the idea of placing prayer 
requests on the cafeteria tables so that 
students might pray more for the 
needs of others. Mike was instrumental 



in starting a Friday morning campus 
prayer group which meets at 7 a.m. 
and prays specifically for needs on 
campus. 

GMA President Jeff Calenberg says 
that the incoming student body next 
year will receive letters this summer 
which point out the opportunities for 
Christian service in GMA, and get 
them acquainted with the new of- 
ficers. 




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HONOR ROLL OF CHURCHES 

1977-78 

7776 following churches had five or more members enrolled full time in Grace Schools 
this year: 

Winona Lake, IN, Winona Lake Brethren Church 

(Charles Ashman) 
Columbus, OH, Grace Brethren Church of Columbus 

(James Custer) 
Warsaw, IN, Fellowship Baptist Church (R. Allan Flint) 
Warsaw, IN, Community Grace Brethren Church 

(Michael Rockafellow) 
Akron, OH, Chapel in University Park (David Burnham) 
Fremont, OH, Grace Brethren Church (J. Ward Tressler) 
Wooster, OH, First Brethren Church (Kenneth Ashman) 
Canton, OH, Grace Brethren Church (Richard Grant! 
Washington, D.C., Grace Brethien Church of Greater Washington 

(James Dixon, Jr.) 
Dunlap, IN, Sugar Grove (Doug Connelly) 
Dayton, OH, First Brethren Church (G. Forrest Jackson) 
Conemaugh, PA. Pike Brethren Church (Kenneth Koontz) 
(Continued on page 16) 



30C 



Col- 


Semi- 




lege 


nary 


Total 


22 


10 


32 


13 


18 


31 


9 


9 


18 


7 


9 


16 


11 


5 


16 


11 





11 


8 


2 


10 


7 


2 


9 


6 


2 


8 


6 


2 


8 


5 


2 


7 


7 





7 



a. 

15 



grace schools 



"Top 20 " 



Brethren Churches in Giving, 1Q7 



Church 

Winona Lake Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Indiana 

First Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio 

Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Indiana 

Grace Brethren Church, Waterloo, Iowa 

First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio 

Grace Brethren Church, Columbus, Ohio 

Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, California 

West Homer Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio 

Grace Brethren Church, Fremont, Ohio 

Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pennsylvania 

First Brethren Church, Rittman, Ohio 

Grace Brethren Church, Canton, Ohio 

Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Maryland 

First Brethren Church, Winchester, Virginia 

Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio 

Calvary Brethren Church, Alto, Michigan 

First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana 

Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washington, 

Temple Hills, Maryland 
First Brethren Church of West Kittanning, Pennsylvania 
First Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 



Pastor 



Gift 



Charles H. Ashman 


$ 48,461 


Kenneth B. Ashman 


15,666 


Michael Rockafellow 


11,998 


John P. Burke 


10,297 


G. Forrest Jackson 


9,152 


James L. Custer 


9,114 


David L. Hocking 


8,511 


Robert F. Holmes 


8,060 


J. Ward Tressler 


7,609 


Robert Griffith 


7,298 


Robert A. Russell 


6,663 


Richard E. Grant 


6,427 


Robert D. Collitt 


6,072 


Paul E. Dick 


5,398 


Knute Larson 


4,712 


Robert C. Moeller 


4,079 


Galen M. Lingenfelter 


4,055 


James G. Dixon, Jr. 


4,011 


Richard H. Cornwell 


3,723 


Charles M. Martin 


3,680 



The giving pattern of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches to 
Grace Schools is reflected in the chart below. 



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HONOR ROLL (Continued from page 15) 

Kokomo, IN, Bible Baptist Church (Joseph Stowell, III) 

Warsaw, IN, Pleasant View Community Church (Ivan French) 

Fort Lauderdale, FL, Grace Brethren Church (Merhn Berkey) 

Ashland, OH, Grace Brethren Church (Knute Larson) 

Telford, PA, Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church (Robert Griffith) 

Bremen, IN, Community Gospel (Robert Hueni) 

Goshen, IN, First Baptist Church (Louis Showers) 

Oswego, IN, Calvary Baptist Church (Gary Meadors) 

Whittier, CA, Community Grace Brethren Church (John Mayes) 

Sacramento, CA, Sacramento Grace Brethren Church 

(Richard Cron) 
Brookville, OH, Brookville Grace Brethren Church (Clair Brickel) 
Johnstown, PA, First Brethren Church (Charles Martin) 
Martinsburg, PA, First Brethren Church (William Snell) 
Elkhart, IN, First Baptist Church (Daniel Gelatt) 
Mishawaka, IN, First Baptist Church (Rev. Crabb) 
Warsaw, IN, Bethany Bible Chapel (Rev. Thomas) 
Ann Arbor, Ml, Grace Bible Church (Raymond Saxe) 
Princeton, NJ, Westerly Road Church (Edward Morgan) 



3«C 



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DOC 



3t>C 



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Col- 
lege 

6 

3 
4 
6 
3 
6 
3 
2 
3 

4 
5 
5 
4 
3 
4 
3 
3 


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Semi- 
nary 

1 

4 
2 

3 

3 
4 
2 

1 


1 
2 
1 
2 
2 
5 

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Total 

7 
7 
6 
6 
6 
6 
6 
6 
5 

5 
5 
5 
5 
5 
5 
5 
5 
5 



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$347,924 



(7) 



$329,276 



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$295,818 



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$217,652 






$360,486 

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In Memory of : 

Mrs. Pearl E. Woolman 
Fred Rowland 
Elva M. Hinkel 
Rev. Harold Moran 
Clyde Hoppes 
Miss Florence Bickel 
Dr. Luther L. Gritbb 
Mrs. William McKeefery 
Rev. Samuel Homey 



Mrs. William (Maurine) Schaffcr 



Rev. Norman Tavlor 



Mrs. Paul (Hattie) Jones 




Given by : 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Kilgore 

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin A. Good 

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice O. Cutler 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Maxson 

Mrs. Clyde (Wavelenc) Hoppes 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ringler 

Rev. and Mrs. John J. Burns 

Mrs. Delores J. Ogden 

P.T.C., McKinley School, Toppenish, Wash. 

Berean Bible Church, Livonia, Mich. 

Toppenish Rotary Club, c/o Daniel E. Green 

Toppenish, Wash. 
Mrs. Margery Rogers 
Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Hammers 
Rev. William H. Schaffer 
Rev. and Mrs. John Burns 
Rev. and Mrs. Paul Dick 
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Oelze 
Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor 
Bruce Moir 
Mrs. Lloyd E. I'ish 
Rev. and Mrs. John J. Burns 
Myron Yeager 
Lloyd M. Votaw 



Many have expressed appreciation for the special "sympathy" card they 
received from Grace Schools announcing the receipt of a Living Memorial to 
help perpetuate the memory of a departed loved one or friend. 

Others have been pleasantly surprised to receive "congratulations" because 
someone had cared enough to "honor" them with a gift to Grace on their 
birthday or other special occasion. 

All such gifts, regardless of the amount, are an investment in the Christ- 
centered education of more than 1,000 young men and women in the college 
and seminary preparing to serve Him in different ways throughout the world. 

Gifts are promptly acknowledged without revealing the amount. Listed 
above are the Living Memorials received during March 1978. 



I 



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schools 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 



Please mail this form with your contribution 

Date Amount enclosed $ 

Your name Telephone 



Your address 



City 



THIS GIFT IS BEING MADE 



State Zip 



(Check one) 

D In Memory of 

n In Honor of 

Occasion 



PLEASE ADVISE OF THIS GIFT 



Name 



Address 



Mail to: 
Living Memorials, Grace College and Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 



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17 



relloujship of Grace Brethren Churches 
Notionol Conference 



Dates: August 11-13 — Christian Education Convention 

August 13-18 — Conference 
Place: Winona Lake, Indiana 
Theme: "GROWTH THROUGH DISCIPLESHIP-A Strategy For Church Growth' 



-^^^^^; 



GENERAL CONFERENCE SESSION SPEAKERS: 
Time Speaker 

Sun. P.M. - Aug. 13 Rev. James Custer 

Mon. A.M. - Aug. 14 Rev. William Snell 

Mon. P.M. - Aug. 14 Dr. David Hocking 

Tues. A.M. - Aug. 15 Dr. Jake Kliever 

Tues. P.M. - Aug. 15 Rev. Scott Weaver 

Wed. A.M. - Aug. 16 Rev. John Willett 

Wed. P.M. - Aug. 16 Dr. Roy Roberts 

Thurs. A.M. — Aug. 17 Dr. Bernard Schneider 

Thurs. P.M. - Aug. 17 Dr. Charles Smith 

Fri. A.M. - Aug. 18 Dr. David Seifert 

Fri. P.M. - Aug. 18 Rev. Knute Larson 



Subject 

"WHY OUR CHURCHES NEED A STRATEGY 

FOR CHURCH GROWTH" 
"THE METHODS OF THE MASTER" 
"WHAT DO WE MEAN BY DISCIPLESHIP?" 
"THE STRATEGY OF THE APOSTLE PAUL" 
"THE PRIORITY OF EVANGELISM" 
"THE DEVELOPMENT OF LEADERS FOR THE 

LOCAL CHURCH" 
"THE CENTRALITY OF GOD'S WORD" 
"THE MARKS OF MATURITY" 
"THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT" 
"ESTABLISHING PRIORITIES AND GOALS FOR 

YOUR LOCAL CHURCH" 
"THE COMMITMENT TO REPRODUCE" 



I^^ 



Adults are also invited to visit 
the Brethren National Youth 
Conference being held during 
the week at Taylor University, 
Upland, Indiana. 



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DAILY SCHEDULE 
Mornings 



- MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 



8:00- 8:50 

9:00- 9:50 

10:00-10:35 



Conference Business 
Bible Hour 
Corporation Meetings 

Monday — Brethren Home Missions 
Tuesday — Brethren Foreign Missions 
Wednesday — Grace Schools 
Thursday — Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 
Friday — Grace Village 
10:45-12:15 — Simultaneous Organizational Meetings (Grace 

Brethren Ministers, Grace Brethren Men, 
Women's Missionary Council) 
Afternoons — Free 

Evenings 

6:30-6:50 - Music 

6:50-7:00 — Group Singing 

7:00-7:15 — Announcements, Offering, Scripture and Prayer 

7:15-7:55 - Speaker 

8:00-8:45 - Challenge Hour 

Monday — Brethren Home Missions Council 
Tuesday — Brethren Foreign Missions 
Wednesday — Grace Schools 
Thursday — Christian Education Department 




and Hsi Qnva 





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$70,000.00 Goal for 1978 

13.918.18 Gifts to date 
$56,081,82 Needs 



1. Pay the balance of the debt on the new press. 

2. Pay for the new computer. 

3. Cover the deficit of $25,000 on the Herald magazine. 

4. Pay for the new addressing machine. 

5. Help distribute free Christian literature. 



— .V 



as we go to press .. • 

A "dime-a-dip dinner" was a fund-raising venture in 
April by the youth of the Community Grace Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, Calif. A minimum donation of 
twenty-five cents was suggested, then each spoonful 
of food added a dime to the price of the meal. The 
proceeds from the dinner will be used by the young 
people to attend National Youth Conference this sum- 
mer. 

Rev. Leo Polman is hospitalized in California with 
some paralysis and difficulty in speaking. The 
doctors do not know the cause, and treatment is nec- 
essary. Remember Mr. Polman in prayer at this time. 

Building will begin this spring for the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Chambersbuig, Pa. , since the land debt 
is completely paid. 

Mrs. Elsie Balzer, who had served the Lord as a missionary in Africa since 1946, 
went to be with her Saviour April 26, 1978, after a long illness. Her husband, Al , 
is residing in Seal Beach, Calif. Memorial services were held May 1 at the Grace 
Brethren Church of Long Beach, Calif., with Dr. Harold Dunning officiating. 

Christian school associations are urging concerned people to write to their congress- 
men asking for support of bill H.R. 3946 - Tuition Tax Credit for parents with children 
attending parochial schools and private colleges. 

"April fool" courses were all a part of the fun at Grace Fun Night at Grace Brethren 
Church, Davenport, Iowa. Seventy people waited patiently while four courses were serv- 
ed - one consisted only of a spoon, a napkin, a toothpick, and a glass of water. The 
Grace Fun Night will be a monthly fellowship time. 

A group of young people from the Bethel Brethren Church of Osceola, Ind., accompanied 
by Pastor Paul Mutchler, went to Aiken, S. Carolina recently to help clear ground for 
the new building there. That Sunday the Aiken church had a record high attendance of 
168, and collected $10,000 for the building fund. 

Dr. Vance Yoder was guest organist at the First Brethren Church of Wooster, Ohio, for 
the organ dedication on April 23. A workshop for accompanists was also held during the 
weekend . 

P^.ev. and Mrs. Ralph Colburn were honored recently with a dinner and program on the 
occasion of their twenty-fourth wedding anniversary. 

Denver (EP) — Atheists, who don't believe in God and don't go to church, are having 
the same problem, many churches are having. They have their own schism. There has been 
a "massive withdrawal" from American Atheists of Austin, Texas, an organization headed 
for years by Madalyn Murray O'Hair, probably the country's most famous atheist. The 
withdrawal of chapters from at least five states came on the heels of Mrs. O' Hair's ex- 
pulsion of several members. Mrs. Jane Conrad, head of Quest for Truth, the Colorado 
chapter of American Atheists; said, "We never thought we'd get kicked out. I hadn't 
even opened by mouth." Mrs. Conrad said that she had always believed the O'Hair organ- 
ization had 60,000 to 70,000 on its mailing list. But, she said, she has found out 
that the mailing list actually numbers 2,517 and the membership is actually 1,207. 



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Maybe I am being too kind when I 
make that statement, because there are 
more powerful statements that would 
better describe the conditions of the 
city. I have heard of Las Vegas for 
years— and all of the statements have 
had to do with gambling and the open 
nature of the city. I must admit to 
some curiosity about the place, and 
last week my curiosity turned to 
knowledge. Maybe I had best explain 
my reason for being there. It was a 
convention of the National Collegiate 
Booksellers. This had best be ex- 
plained to keep my ministerial status 
intact. 

The lights are bright at night; and 
there seems to be no message that 
there is an energy crisis. In fact, one of 
the hotels was just installing a new sign 
some 180-foot tall— the cost was 
$2,000,000 (not exactly a petty cash 
item for the erection of a sign). The 
slot machines go night and day; and I 
talked to one person who said he had 
not been In bed for 52 hours. There 
are all kinds of devices to get your 
money. When you step off the plane at 
the airport, the slot machines are there 
to meet you. And from then on, they 
are everywhere present— In restaurants, 
gasoline stations, drugstores. You name 
it, and the "slots" are there. 

The fact that startled me was the 
number of people who at all hours of 
day and night seemed so anxious to 
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nickel, dime, quarter or dollar quickly 
disappears into the slot and the wheels 
turn and the bells ring and soon the 
machines seem to grin and the patrons 
wince, and It Is all over but the sorrow. 
People play S500 chips- and in a 
matter of seconds, a few thousand 
dollars are gone. One of the casinos 
claims to hire 4,800 employees to run 
the operation. 

Now this all seems like a strange 
tale for an editor of a Christian maga- 
zine to be telling you, but wait a 
minute, there is a moral to the story. I 
could not believe these people were 
spending all of this good money on 
chance— and seemed to be enjoying 
losing It all. Little old gray-haired 
ladles literally spend hours throwing 
away hundreds of dollars without too 
much of a murmur of complaint. Yet I 
hear with all too much frequency the 
complaints of church-goers and others 
that the church Is always asking for 
money. The world Is willing to throw 
money away without any return, and 
yet the Christian is so slow to be will- 
ing to part with his to invest It In 
the spread of the Gospel. What is the 
problem? 

Well, after the convention was over 
and I was flying back home, I came to 
a conclusion. With the waste In the 



world of the Indulgence of so much 
money in sin, why not get more of it 
headed the right direction? Let It do 
some good Instead of evil; and do not 
hesitate to ask people to get their dol- 
lars moving to help change the lives of 
people. Missions goes begging while 
money flows to the wrong areas. 
Churches do not open because of the 
lack of funds for building purposes. Is 
something wrong?— you had better be- 
lieve something Is wrong! How many 
times have you seen people stand In 
line and argue over getting rid of their 
money? They want to be next at the 
slot machine. Rarely, very rarely, does 
this happen when people push and 
shove to be the next to get to the of- 
fering plate. Is the reason that Chris- 
tians are just more polite than sinners? 
Not exactly. 

When was the last time you saw 
people lined up at two o'clock In the 
morning to get in the church for the 
offering? Las Vegas, you put us to 
shame! 

Now, in keeping with the spirit of 
the editorial, June and July are Herald 
offering months. We at the Herald be- 
lieve we can help change your dollars 
to blessings and to help the work of 
the Lord go forward. People can be 
encouraged and blessed through the 
printed page. So why not fall Into the 
spirit of being a joyful giver? You will 
be blessed . . . others will be blessed by 
a good use of your funds for the Lord. 



COVER: Beargrass and Mount Hood, 
Oregon. Photo by David Muench from 
H. Armstrong Roberts. 

reported in the herald 

35 Years Ago- 1943 

Brother Clarence Sickel, who has been 
detained from returning to Argentina, 
has served with good success as pastor 
of the North Long Beach church and 
will now be returning to Argen- 
tina. . . . Time to sign up for the 1943 
National Youth Camp at Winona Lake, 
August 23-30— cost for the week, 
$11. 

15 Years Ago- 1963 

John Burke has resigned at Wheaton, 
111., and will be moving to the First 
Brethren Church of Akron, 
Ohio. . . . F. B. MiOer, well-known lay- 
man, received special recognition for 
his work in Barbee Lakes ministries. 
The Warsaw, Ind., Times Union noted 
his work in a special editorial page. 

5 Years Ago- 197 3 

Dr. Larry Poland, president of Miami 
Christian College, has been appointed 
head of the Agape Movement, a new 
ministry of Campus Crusade for 
Christ. . . . Representatives of five his- 
torical divisions of the Brethren 
Church met at the Tunker House in 
Virginia with a review of the common 
heritage of the groups. 



Volume40 Number 10 June 1,1978 
Published on the first and fifteenth of 
each month (except— one issue only in the 
months of April, August and December) by 
The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 
P. O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Printed by BMH Printing 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Artists, Jane Fretz, Gary Nieter 
Production Manager: Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 
Pastor Knute Larson, Ed Lewis, Ginny 
Toroian. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 
Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Sctiools: Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 
IVIissions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WMC: Linda 
Hoke. 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona 
Lake, Ind. Published by the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company, P. O. Box 544, 
1104 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. Subscription prices: $5.00 a year; 
foreign, $5.75. Special rates to churches. 
Extra copies of this issue or back issues are 
available. They are priced at 25c each, post- 
age paid, with a minimum order of four 
copies. Please include your check with 
order. 



contents 

4 PERSONAL MISSIONARY SUPPORT 

5 PARABLE OF A PASTOR 

6 GOD FITS EVERYTHING TOGETHER 

8 MISSIONS HAPPEN AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE 

9 PRAISE THE LORD FOR 88 CHARLIE 

10 MISSIONS AT COMMUNITY GRACE BRETHREN 

15 TIMOTHY TEAMS TO BEGIN SERVING 

16 VIEW FROM THE MOUNTAIN 

20 PAGES FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DIARY 

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• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • BMH News Report 12 • 
• As We Go to Press ... 24 • 



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Dear Readers, 

As you know, June and July are the months set aside in the Fellowship 
for Brethren iVIissionary Herald Offering. This year the goal is for $70,000. 
Often we are asked, "Why an offering?" There are a number of reasons, but 
the best one is the Herald needs and can use it for expansion purposes. 
This year we will need over $100,000 worth of new equipment and inven- 
tories just to keep up with the needs of expansion. There is just not that 
much coming in above expenses to pay for these needs. 

The Herald last year gave about $53,000 to the needs of others. During 
1977, for example, we donated all of the net profits from our Sunday 
School sales to GBC Christian Education. This included sales from Gospel 
Light, Brethren Adult and Scripture Press. Our middle name is for real! 

So join us as we continue to grow and serve, not only the national 
Fellowship, but many other evangelical groups with good Bible-oriented 
literature. 

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FMS editor's note: Recently announced increases in 
tiie support levels of Brethren foreign missionaries 
may raise questions regarding what "total" or 
"personalized support" means. The first article be- 
low—by Mr. Deloe, Foreign Missionary Society 
director of church relations, attempts to answer 
those questions. The second article— by Mr. 
Thompson, director of program for Brethren 
Foreign Missions, endeavors to illustrate the prob- 
lem of support by drawing a comparison between 
the pastor and the missionary. It appears in the 
form of a parable. 



Personalized Missionary Support 



The response has been terrific! It 
was a difficult decision for the Foreign 
Missionary Society Board of Trustees 
to make, but seeing the necessity for 
it, the Board acted to raise the support 
levels for all our missionaries, effective 
immediately. (This was reported in the 
April issue of The Brethren Missionary 
Herald. ) 

Letters were sent to churches which 
have underwritten various mission- 
aries' support, indicating the need for 
increased commitments. The response 
has been wonderful! In several in- 
stances, pastors have replied that, in- 
stead of the suggested increase appor- 
tioned to their church, they want to 
take the entire amount needed for 
their particular missionary or mission- 
r-~ aries. Others offered more than was 
g requested. Praise the Lord for that 
■— kind of commitment! 
•^ This is all the more praiseworthy 
^ when you consider that it was just one 
5 year ago that the Fellowship of Grace 
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sionaries. In record time, that sum was 
underwritten by the churches. Again, 
this year, some new appointees will be 
seeking support. But in spite of those 
large needs, faithful, missionary- 
minded congregations are indicating 
their interest in and support of Breth- 
ren Foreign Missions by taking on 
additional needs to keep the mission- 
ary team ministering overseas! Thanks, 
Brethren! 

For those unfamiliar with the 
"Total" or "Personal Support" plan, 
here are answers to four basic ques- 
tions about support. For further infor- 
mation, write or call the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society office. 

1. What is the personal support 
plan? 

It is a plan in which the entire cost 
of having a missionary on the field- 
not just his personal allowance (sal- 



ary)— is included in his support figure. 
This amount is to be underwritten be- 
fore the missionary service begins. 

2. What is the purpose of this plan? 

The purpose is to stabilize mission- 
ary support, and at the same time 
maintain a closer relationship between 
the supporting church and the mission- 
ary. 

3. What is included in the support 
plan? 

Every expenditure of the Foreign 
Missionary Society is included— with 
the exception of the home office ad- 
ministrative expenses. (It is hoped that 
these expenses will be cared for by any 
undesignated gifts or General Fund.) 

4. How is the amount of the cost 
per missionary determined? 

By taking the total expenses for the 
year, less the amount of home office 
administration, and dividing by the 
number of missionaries. Adjustments 
are made in light of special field needs 
or circumstances. 

It ought to be noted that since 
"support" giving has been on the in- 



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crease, there has been some loss in un- 
designated or General Fund giving. 
The home office administrative ex- 
penses are a legitimate and necessary 
part of missionary expenses, so the 
Board of Trustees is giving consider- 
ation to including these costs in the 
total support needs of each mission- 
ary. Should this be approved, support 
levels will once again be increased, but 
there will no longer be any need to 
appeal for General Fund giving above 
personalized support. 

For churches wondering about their 
role in missionary support, here are 
some suggestions— to be modified, of 
course, by local congregational policies 
and needs: 

1. Plan to guarantee 100 percent 
support of any church members who 
serve with Brethren Foreign Missions. 
You may permit other churches to 
share in their support, but you will 
guarantee the balance not raised 



through other groups. If your congre- 
gation is not large enough to under- 
take full support, perhaps you can 
take the lead in encouraging other area 
congregations to cooperate with you, 
so that together you can raise the full 
amount. 

2. If you have no members active in 
Brethren Foreign Missions— or until 
you do— assume a portion of the sup- 
port of one or more missionaries who 
have support needs. (The FMS office 
can provide a list of those who lack 
some support.) 

3. If you find it difficult to arrive at 
a reasonable goal for missionary sup- 
port, consider adopting a "Faith- 
promise" program to determine how 
much your congregation will trust God 
to provide through them for missions. 
(See the article about the Whittier con- 
gregation elsewhere in this Herald 
and/or write the Foreign Missionary 
Society office for information about 



Faith-promise giving.) 

4. Couple your financial support 
for missionaries with prayer and com- 
munication support. Regularly and 
publicly pray for their specific needs, 
and let them know you're doing it. Ex- 
change personal letters, photos, tapes, 
and visits when practical. Consider 
yourselves as partners in missions. 
When the missionary is home, care for 
his needs as best you can, use him 
widely in the church program, let him 
share with you in the ministry. 

However your congregation estab- 
lishes its priorities in missionary sup- 
port, and whatever the level of that 
support, the Foreign Missionary 
Society family is indeed grateful for 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches and its faithfulness and 
generosity. God is faithful, and He 
faithfully enables His people to carry 
on His ministry. Praise Him! And 
thank you! 



Parable of a Pastor 



Now learn a parable of the mission 
field. A certain pastor, being burdened 
in his heart with compassion for his 
brothers who were working in cross- 
cultural evangelism, set forth to pat- 
tern the conditions of his ministry 
after those of the co-laborers overseas. 

He thus be-thought within himself: 
"My missionary brothers have chosen 
a good work, with high expectations 
of great reward, howbeit encompassed 
with manifold limitations of discipline 
upon matters of personal freedom. 
Should they bear so great a burden 
alone? Might I not bear with them and 
so share in their reward? Therefore, I 
will resolve in my heart to do as I have 
expected my missionary brother to 
do. 

"I will assure my heart that God 
has called me to this work. Thus I can 
depend upon Him to supply my needs 
and to lead me to avoid every vain ef- 
fort that does not fulfill that call with 
which He has called me. 

"I will communicate with the 
brother pastors of my district and with 
the elders of my congregation. To- 
gether we will set goals and determine 



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strategies for accomplishing these 
goals. We will then establish times of 
fellowship in which we will sit down 
together and review our accomplish- 
ments and revise our strategies accord- 
ingly, praying one for the other," the 
pastor purposed to himself. 

"I will determine to be a teacher 
and a leader avoiding the temptation 
to do others' work for them and so 
costing them their reward. At the same 
time, I will not ask others to do what I 
am not willing to do myself, but will 
lead by example and encourage my 
people to participate in every good 
work. 

"I will embark on a plan of support 
for myself and my family such as I 
have participated in to care for my 
missionary brother and his work. In 
this manner, 1 can share in the joy of 
his faith with its rich reward in growth 
and fulfillment. This will mean that I 
will accept from my supporters an 
amount which is equal to the average 
received by my fellow workers in the 



Lord's service. From this amount, I 
will care for the needs of my family, 
pay the utility bills for my church 
building, buy and maintain a Sunday 
School bus and such other vehicles as 
may be required for our work, at the 
same time caring for all other costs 
arising from the conduct of the minis- 
try which I serve as overseer. 

"I will maintain an openness to any 
change in direction in which the Lord 
may lead, being subject to the counsel 
of my co-workers-submitting the 
fruits of my labors to their exami- 
nation and praying that God will con- 
firm or reject my efforts through the 
spiritual insights of my fellow labor- 
ers." 

This pastor, I say, was blessed with 
an understanding heart beyond many 
of his fellows. Albeit, while they, not 
being able to observe the conditions 
which he had set for himself, by his 
same degree of compassion, deter- 
mined to learn from their missionary 
brother and to shoulder his burdens 
where possible, removing all obstacles 
which might hinder the progress of his 
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"My background has all fit to- 
gether to prepare me for service 
in France. I'm just now begin- 
ning to see how everything fits in 
to have prepared me." 

This statement was made by a 
new appointee who has started 
the trek from candidate to full- 
time missionary! Miss Bonnie 
Green will be leaving for France 
in the fall of 1978. Bonnie will 
be treading the same steps as the 
20 who went last fall— first, arriv- 
ing on the field, then language 
study, adapting to the culture, 
and finally entering the work. 

God has taken Bonnie's life 
and ordered every step. The bits 
and pieces of her life are now fit- 
ting together into a picture of 
mission service in France. 

How did Bonnie become inter- 
ested in missions? "When I was 
growing up, my family went to 
the Harrah [Washington] Breth- 



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ren Church because there was no 
church in my home town [Top- 
penish] at that time," Bonnie ex- 
plained. "A Sunday School 
teacher led me to the Lord when 
I was five years old. Shortly after 
that, the Toppenish Brethren 
Church began, and my family at- 
tended there, I went to every 
camp and heard about missions. 
When I was six or seven, I be- 
came interested in missions. I re- 
member saying every year at 
Clear Lake Camp that I wanted 
to go to the mission field." 

God began to work very early 
in Bonnie's life to interest her in 
missions. Then when she was a 
sophomore in high school, she 



Miss Bonnie Green 



traveled to Winona Lake to at- 
tend National Youth Conference. 
"Tom Julien had a class on mis- 
sions," she recalled. "I went to 
that and that's when I became in- 
terested in France." 

Bonnie is no stranger to mis- 
sionary work, either. In 1971, 
she served with the Greater Euro- 
pean Mission in France. As a 
member of a traveling musical 
team, she had a great opportuni- 
ty to see France and its people. 
Also, working with Campus Cru- 
sade for a summer, Bonnie had 
many opportunities to witness 
during beach and coffeehouse 
ministries at Lake Tahoe. While 
she was a student at Grace Col- 
lege, every spring vacation was 
spent in Florida working with 
Campus Crusade. 

When she begins her service in 
France, Bonnie will be living in 
Macon. She will have secretarial 



foreign missions 

duties at the Chateau and will be 
working with women and girls. 
Since she has a special talent in 
music, Bonnie will also use her 
guitar, piano, and singing abili- 
ties. 

Various pieces of Bonnie's 
past have prepared her to do all 
of these things. After she gradu- 
ated from Grace College in 1973 
with a B.A. degree in Creative 
Studies (music and art were her 
main areas), she went to live in 
Columbus, Ohio. There she be- 
came involved in the Worthing- 
ton Grace Brethren Church, of 
which Jim Custer is pastor. 
Bonnie sang in a musical team, 
worked with Pioneer girls, and 
helped with the high school Bible 
study. While in Columbus, Bon- 
nie worked as a secretary. "Liv- 
ing in Columbus helped me get 
used to a big city, like Macon 
will be," the native of the small 
Washington town said. 

Moving back to Winona Lake 
in 1975 to attend seminary, 
Bonnie's first intention was to 
get the one-year certificate in 
Biblical Studies. But as she got 
into her classes, she became more 
and more interested. So she took 
more and more classes, especially 
in missions. She attended part 
time for the past few years while 
she worked as an inspector at a 
factory. 

"That's been good, too. I 
didn't really think about it when 
I started working," Bonnie con- 



fessed. "So many of the French 
people are workers in factories— 
and now I'll be able to relate to 
them better." 

God has also been working on 
Bonnie's outlook on many areas 
of her life. "I always felt as 
though I should be married to go 
to a foreign field, but then in the 
last year or so, the Lord brought 
me to the point where He 
showed me that this is what He 
wants me to do. I don't need to 
be married." Bonnie also thinks 
that God is using her single status 
because now she can better com- 
municate to the large number of 
single women and girls in France. 

"He has also shown me that I 
don't have to wait until I go to 
some foreign field to serve Him. I 
have to do it every day," she 
said. "I should concentrate on 
Him." 

Bonnie wants to "be available 
for whatever" when she begins 
her missionary service in France. 
Since her secretarial duties will 
be part time, she will have time 
to become involved in other 
ways. 

"I want to meet and get to 
know as many women as I can 
since I'll be working with 
women. With my personality, 
I'm better on a one-to-one basis, 
which is the way they work in 
France." God's hand is seen 
again. 

Some of Bonnie's goals are 
"constantly getting into the 



Word and praying" and "con- 
tinually growing closer to 
Christ." These two go hand in 
hand and she is striving to 
achieve them. 

As far as goals for France, 
Bonnie isn't sure what else she 
will be doing. "Maybe I will lead 
some Bible studies for women, 
train women, or give guitar les- 
sons. That will be decided when I 
arrive." 

Bonnie may even have the op- 
portunity to live with a young 
French woman. This would help 
Bonnie as she adapts to the cul- 
ture and learns the language. 
Even if she lives alone in Macon, 
Bonnie feels that the Lord has 
prepared her to do this. "I have 
been living alone for the past 
year in my own apartment. It has 
helped me learn a lot about 
myself, and I know I can live 
alone if God wants me to." 

Yes, God has taken all the 
parts and pieces of Bonnie's life 
and fit them together for mis- 
sionary service for Him. One of 
her favorite Scripture passages 
talks about this. "Psalm 139 tells 
how God knows you and scruti- 
nizes your path. All parts of your 
life fit together when He's in 
charge," she said. 

God has put everything to- 
gether for Bonnie, so a new ap- 
pointee is on her way to France. 
Will you be another piece of her 
life and support Bonnie in prayer 
and giving? 



CONCERNING YOUR FOREIGN MISSIONS PUBLICATIONS . . . 

Our apologies for inconveniences! If we seem slow in responding to your address 
changes, we apologize. Our mailer is switching our address files over to a computerized 
system, and some snags are an expected part of this progress. So, be patient with us, 
please. We are not ignoring your notices of changes of address; and we are not purposely 
making errors in our new address labels— but mistakes are being made. Again, we're sorry. 
Please continue to let us know, as early in advance as possible, of any errors or changes. 
Be sure to send us your mailing label with your old address along with your new address. 
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National 
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The approach of summer brings to mind vacation plans, 
Daily Vacation Bible School, and summer camp. For many 
Brethren, it also means national conference. Hundreds of 
Brethren from all across the country annually trek to 
Winona Lake for the Annual Conference of the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches. (Periodically the conference is 
held away from Winona Lake; in 1979, it's to be in Flori- 
da.) 

This year's conclave begins with the Christian Education 
Convention on Friday through Sunday morning, August 
11-13. The conference itself begins Sunday evening, August 
13, and continues through the next Friday. At the same 
time, the Youth Conference will convene on the campus of 
Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Foreign missions is 
always a big emphasis at conference; the presence of fur- 
loughed missionaries and new appointees lends excitement 
to the activities. 

Even before conference begins, there will have been a 
great deal of missions activity in Winona Lake. Appointees 
and furloughed missionaries will spend a week in seminars 
at the missions building. They will participate in area 
churches on midweek and Sunday assignments. The Board 
of Trustees will meet for several days the week before con- 
ference, conducting mission business, interviewing candi- 
dates, hearing and acting upon reports from the fields. At 
the conference itself— and the Youth Conference, too— 
missionaries and missions will be involved. 



Here are the foreign mission activities for conference this 
year: 

Sunday, August 13, 2; 30 p. w.— Great missions rally includ- 
ing both Home and Foreign Missions, Homer Rode- 
heaver Auditorium 
Tuesday, August 75— Foreign Missions Day 

10:00 a.m. -Foreign Missionary Society corporation 
meeting; including commissioning service for new 
missionaries 
12:45 p.m.— Missions luncheon at the Winona Hotel, by 
reservation only. (Send $4.00 for each reservation to 
the FMS office, Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
to guarantee a place; space limited.) 
8:00 p.m.— Foreign Missions Challenge Hour— meet the 
missionaries. The following missionaries are expected 
at conference: 

Aldo and Alice Hoyt, Argentina 

Solon and Kathryn Hoyt, Argentina 

Larry and Vicki DeArmey, France 

Bonnie Green, appointee to France 

Harold and Margaret Mason, CAB 

Ed and Linda Mensinger, CAE 

Lois Miller, CAE 

Terry and Bonnie Shultzman, CAE 

Lila Sheely, CAE 

Ruth Snyder, CAE 

Lois Wilson, CAE 

Phil and Amy Guerena, Mexico 



Join us at Winona Lake this August for inspiration and 
challenge! 



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Praise the Lord 

for 
88 Charlie 



Marian Thurston tapped me on the 
shoulder and pointed to the ground. I 
leaned over to look down just as "88 
Charlie" began its descent. The shiny 
new MAF [Missionary Aviation Fel- 
lowship] Cessna swooped down to a 
few yards above the ground, leveled 
off, and flew the length of the dirt 
strip. The goats, cattle, and kids edged 
farther back into the bushes. We 
reached the end of the strip and burst 
out over the cliff. Banking sharply 
over the village and mission station, we 
made our turn and started back 
toward the edge of the mountain. 

I saw John, our houseboy, standing 
in the yard waving both arms in the air 
frantically. As we slowed to land, the 
cliff came closer and closer, and I 
could see the villagers standing along 
the strip waving and shouting. We 
touched down a few hundred yards be- 
yond the drop-off. And 88 Charlie was 
on the ground. Dirt flew thickly be- 
hind as we came to a stop at the far 
end. We taxied slowly back to the 
head of the strip, the wings rocking 
from side to side. (There's still some 
work to be done here; the strip isn't 
quite smooth enough.) 

When we came to a complete stop, 
the pilot, Larry Warnemeunde, opened 
his door. I could hear the Africans 
shouting in unison, "Mademoiselle na 
nduzu! Mademoiselle na nduzu!" With 
each cheer, their arms shot up in the 
air in salute. Mademoiselle Thurston 
stepped out onto the airstrip. I fol- 





Lila Sheely 




88 Charlie (front) waits with a friend before taking 
off for an airstrip at one of our mission stations. 



larian Thurston stands beside the "root" 
if a problem. Problems like this had to be 
Iragged off of the Nzoro airstrip. 



lowed right behind, tears in my eyes. 
The first passengers had landed at 
Nzoro. I don't know when I had been 
so happy! 

This airstrip project began in earn- 
est in May of 1977. Marian's home 
church of Garwin, Iowa, had given the 
first $1,000 to begin the construction. 
(We have christened the strip "Garwin 
Field.") The strip is on a plateau above 
the mission station looking out over 
the village. It is on a rocky terrain 
covered with large trees and shrubs. 
Several good-sized anthills had to be 
moved. African men built the 650- 
meter strip with axes, machetes, and 
hoes. A road had to be built straight 
up the side of the hill so that the 
pickup truck could get up the hill to 
drag the strip in the final stages of con- 
struction. The day the truck was first 
taken up, it was literally pushed up by 
hand. About 20 Bible School students 
heaved it up and over the crest. 

Believe me, there were some days 
of discouragement all through those 
busy 13 months! Money ran out once. 
Sickness took Marian to the medical 
center for a week. The men threatened 
to strike. Some of the mammoth tree 
stumps that were dug out were far too 
big to carry off the field; and our drag 
broke and re-broke a dozen times. The 
rope used for the drag was in shreds. 
The pickup overheated. We ate a lot of 
dirt. But it was worth it all! One 
seven-minute flight from Nzoro to the 
Mann dispensary, saving us a two and a 
half hour grueling trip by truck, made 
us willing to forget the blisters and the 
headaches. 



The Lord has been good to us. 
There were no serious injuries through 
the long months of hard work. Funds 
have been adequate. The people are 
delighted, along with the missionaries, 
for the contribution the plane is al- 
ready making to our life here. 

Pray with us and for us that this 
new MAF service will be used for the 
glory of the Lord in every way. Pray 
for wisdom in the use of the plane so 
that it may best serve the goals of the 
mission and the African Church. Pray 
that funds will be sufficient to take 
advantage of the plane's every oppor- 
tunity—opportunities for saving time 
and energy, yes; but also for expansion 
and strengthening of our church 
growth and development ministries. 

While you are praying, ask the Lord 
what you should be giving to help with 
the needed funds. The cost of the new 
plane, airstrips not yet built, main- 
tenance of the airstrips, and opera- 
tional costs are added expenses. 

But whatever you do, don't forget 
to praise the Lord for 88 Charlie! 



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Eleven African men worked hard to clear 
the area for the new airstrip. Most of the 
work was done by hand. 



foreign missions 



Nissions at 



FMS editor's note: The Whittier 
Community Grace Brethren 
Church deserves its growing repu- 
tation as a "Missionary Church. " 
From one TIME missionary in the 
early 70s to dozens since then, the 
church has now sent its first 
career missionary to a Brethren 
field. Rich Harrell, a member of 
the congregation fully supported 
by the home church, is in lan- 
guage study in France now in 
preparation for service in the 
Chad next fall. Whittier's total 
1977 missions budget was 
$48,100 (including Christian 
education and various home and 
foreign outreach ministries). 
Listed were $23,000 for Breth- 
ren Foreign Missions and $7,000 
for TIME missionaries. The 
church gave $26,595 to the For- 
eign Missionary $ociety last year, 
placing them fifth in total offer- 
ings from Brethren churches. Mr. 
Richard Peak is the missions 
commission chairman, and Rev. 
John W. Mayes is the pastor. 



Community 

Grace 

Brethren 



Richard Peak 

The people at Whittier (Calif.) 
Community Grace Brethren 
Church are interested in mis- 
sions. That interest begins with 
their belief that Matthew 
28:19-20 does indeed mean all 
nations, and that it starts with an 
outreach at home and extends to 
every continent. 

The leader of this interest in 

undoubtedly the pastor. Strongly 

supporting missions from the 

pulpit, he urges young people to 

.5, dedicate their lives to missionary 

^ service. He makes sure that his 

■^g people hear a number of mission- 

gary speakers throughout the 

^ year, and encourages his missions 

10 commission chairman to use a 



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variety of promotional and edu- 
cational ideas pertaining to mis- 
sions. 

That chairman and his six- 
member board oversee all mis- 
sions activities of the church. 
Some are regular weekly events, 
some are annual affairs, and 
others are special features. 

Of all of these, the weekly 
"Moment with Missions" does 
the most in keeping the congre- 
gation interested in missions and 
desiring to support them. Sched- 
uled during the first part of the 
morning worship service, it con- 
sists of a two- or three-minute re- 
port of what God is doing some- 
where in the world. A brief 



biography of a foreign mission- 
ary, an account of growth in a 
home missions church, or an an- 
nouncement of a young person 
going out under the TIME pro- 
gram may be used. 

Occasionally, the telephone is 
plugged into the amplifying 
system and while the congre- 
gation listens, the missions chair- 
man talks with a young person at 
Grace College, or a missionary in 
the states, or someone on a for- 
eign field. 

Week by week, the members 
of each Sunday School class give 
money for a particular missions 
project that they have chosen. 
The projects may be short-term 
items like outfit funds for a cer- 
tain missionary; or they may be 
on-going support that carries 
over from year to year. In all 
classes, time is allotted for pres- 
entation of the projects. In the 
children's departments, teachers 
provide a variety of activities de- 
signed to familiarize the children 
with the place where their proj- 
ect money will be spent and the 
people who will be using it. 

Once a month during request 
time at prayer meeting, two or 
three slides of foreign mission- 
aries are shown, and the missions 
chairman gives a brief word 
about the work of these mission- 
aries and special prayer requests 
concerning them. It is significant 
that during prayer time, the 
college group— with over a dozen 
who have served under the TIME 
program and many who are pre- 
paring for full-time service for 



oreign missions 

the Lord— meets with the pastor. 

In January of each year, one 
Sunday is designated as Faith- 
Promise Sunday. The evening 
service of that day features a mis- 
sionary speal<er and an oppor- 
tunity for people to make a 
faith-promise to God concerning 
their missionary giving for the 
year. Cards imprinted with the 
church missions budget are used 
for this commitment. 

Several times during the year, 
graphs of the missions budget 
aims and of the missions income 
to-date are printed in the church 
newspaper. Each item on the 
budget is graphed separately so 
that the people can see where the 
greatest needs exist. 

An annual missionary confer- 
ence is held during the first quar- 
ter of the year. Recent themes 
have included: "Two Cultures, 
One Church," "The Master's 
Charge," and "People Reaching 
People." Missionaries are fea- 
tured at all regular services plus 
at special WMC meetings, SMM, 
and boys' club activities. Some- 
time during the conference, a 
banquet for adults and a fun 
night for the youth give other 
opportunities for people to fel- 
lowship with the missionaries. 
These fellowship times have in- 
cluded an African Night, com- 
plete with peanut butter gravy; 
and a Valentine Banquet reveal- 
ing how each missionary met his 
sweetheart. 

During conference week, 
several of the church people en- 
tertain the missionaries in their 
homes, and invite various church 
members, especially young 
people, to visit with them. 

The last Sunday in May is set 
aside for All-Mexico Day. Both 
missionaries and nationals from 
the Mexican border work are in- 
vited for the whole day- 
including a carry-in dinner at 
noon and refreshments after the 
evening service. 

The WMC ladies provide cloth- 
ing for the Mexican border work, 
keep the missionary chest filled. 



and participate in a number of 
other missions projects. 

Periodically, a foreign missions 
slide-tape is used in the Sunday 
evening service. At times, "aero- 
grams" are made available for 
those who want to write a mis- 
sionary; and when new missions 
publications are issued (such as 
newsletters or prayer booklets), 
they are either included in the 
Sunday bulletins or handed out 
at the close of the Sunday morn- 
ing service. 

In December, members of the 
church family are urged to give 
the money they would ordinarily 
spend sending Christmas cards to 
each other to a special missions 
project called the "Christmas 
Card Project." Names of those 
who give are written on an over- 
sized Christmas card standing in 
the narthex of the church. Each 
signature becomes a personal 



greeting to the entire church 
family. 

Every few years, young people 
who have committed their lives 
to the Lord for full-time missions 
service are asked to step to the 
front of the church. Those who 
wish to make that commitment 
are asked to join them. Then, 
adults who will pledge to pray 
for these young people are asked 
to step forward and stand behind 
them. As the service closes, every 
young person has one or more 
adults behind him promising 
prayer support through his years 
of training and into full-time 
service for the Lord. 

God has; and is answering 
these prayers. He is keeping the 
church interested in missions and 
giving people hearts that expect 
many to be thrust forth into His 
harvest fields. May that expecta- 
tion be abundantly fulfilled! 





nm/s report 



From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 



D Anniversaries: 

"Twenty-Five Years of Serving God in Our Community" 
was the theme of a celebration at the Grace Brethren 
Church of Elkhart, Ind., on June 4. 

A pictorial review and a rededication of the remodeled 
sanctuary were part of "Twenty- Four Years of God's Grace 
at Los Altos" on April 16 at Los Altos (Calif.) Brethren 
Church. 

Brethren Elementary and Junior High School, a ministry 
of Community Brethren Church of Whittier, Calif., recog- 
nized its silver anniversary on April 28 with an all-school 
assembly and a giant birthday cake. 

The Indiana District Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary at the 
1978 district conference, April 28-30, at Syracuse. Pictured 
cutting the anniversary cake are Moderator Jesse B. Deloe 
(left) and Rev. Scott Weaver, who has served in the Indiana 
District since its organization in 1953. During the Silver 
Anniversary Conference, the Grace Brethren Church of 
New Albany was accepted into the district and labeled the 
"Silver Anniversary Church." 



D Rev. Keith Altig has joined the staff of the First Brethren 
Church of Whittier, Calif., to minister primarily to the 
senior citizen members and shut-ins. 

n An attendance of 519 broke the old Sunday School 
record for the Grace Brethren Church of St. Petersburg, 
Fla., on Feb. 26. The record was set on the sixth anni- 
versary of the bus ministry; and the old record had been set 
one year before on the fifth anniversary. A new bus record 
was also set, with 388 riders as compared to 362 in 1977. 
The records were set as a result of a total effort by the 
Sunday School teachers, bus workers, and 12 ladies 
who went out visiting on the preceding Saturday. That Sun- 
day morning also resulted in 26 children responding to the 
invitation by Pastor William Tweeddale in the children's 
service. The congregation is also rejoicing over the moving 
of the Holy Spirit during a service in April. 

Pictured, lower right, are about half of the workers who 
were responsible for the large attendance. ^ 



marriages 



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Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest always 
upon, these new families who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six-month free subscription to the Herald is given to 
newlyweds whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

Diane Cannatella and Charles Lowrie, Jr., March 18, Grace 

Brethren Church, Mt. Laurel, N.J. 

Glynda Wise and Walter F. Alderson, April 1, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Sacramento, Calif. 

Stephanie Warburton and Jay Walpole, April 7, ceremony 
1 performed by Rev. F. C. Rohrer at the Basinger Christian 
J Brethren Church, Okeechobee, Fla. 
ISandra Williamson and Rick Dorrie, April 8, Grace Brethren 

Church, St. Petersburg, Fla. 

Ram Roch and Gary Lebiedzinski, April 14, Grace Brethren 

Church, Mt. Laurel, N.J. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Armstrong, April 15, Grace Brethren 

Church, Phoenix, Ariz. 





meetings 



Goleta, Calif., June 8; Edward Gross, pastor; Ransom 

Hess— Mary Foreman, "A Sermon In Song." 

Pataskala, Ohio, June 9-11; Frank H. Gardner, pastor; 

Nathan Meyer, speaker. 

Eaton, Ohio, June 16-20; Marvin Meeker, pastor; Charles 

Davis, speaker. 



n Thomas H. Mahaffey was recently licensed by the Mid- 
Atlantic District for the Christian ministry. The Grace 
Brethren Church of Greater Washington (Washington, D.C.) 
had a service of dedication for Tom and his wife, Verlyn, 
on Sunday, April 23. Tom is the Minister of New Life at 
the church. Officiating at the service was Rev. James G. 
Dixon, assisted by Rev. Dean Walter and Rev. Robert 
Wagner. 






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DAt the Florida District Conference, held April 28-29 in 
Brooksville, Dr. Herman Koontz was honored for 52 years 
in the ministry and for founding 4 Brethren churches in 
the state of Florida. He began churches in St. Petersburg, 
Orlando, Ormond Beach and Brooksville. 




Left to right: Rev. William Willard, Dr. and Mrs. Herman 
Koontz, and Rev. R. Paul Miller who is holding a plaque 
which lists the four churches founded by Dr. Koontz. 



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DTwo new gifts were in use on Easter Sunday at the Grace 
Brethren Church of Mt. Laurel, N.J. An Allen Digital Com- 
puter Organ was donated by Mrs. Laura Harrison in mem- 
ory of her late husband, Hurdel. Mr. Gary Lebiedzinski 
built and donated a new tract rack to the church. The 
donors are pictured with their gifts. 




Change your annual 



Merlin D. Berkey, P.O. Box 899, Boca Raton, Fla. 
33432 . . . Earl Funderburg, 1015 Norway St., Norway, 
Mich. 49870 . . . First Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio, zip 
should be 44691. 



D Rev. Carlton J. Fuller reports the following results from 
a week of meetings with Rev. Kenneth L. Teague at the 
Grace Brethren Church, Johnson City, Tenn. : twenty pub- 
lic decisions— one for salvation, ten for commitment to reach- 
ing at least one family for Christ and bringing them into the 
church, three acknowledging Christ as Saviour and desiring 
church membership, and six for rededication of life. 



deaths 



Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

AULDRIDGE, Davis, April 29, a deacon of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. Robert B. Collitt, 
pastor. 

CONNER, Burnley H., 73, Feb. 26, charter member of 
Washington Heights Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. Mr. 
Conner was instrumental in beginning the work and held 
many offices both in the church and the Southeast District. 
He died after a lengthy illness. Burnley H. Conner is sur- 
vived by his wife, Macha McGhee Conner; a son, Alva Con- 
ner; and two daughters: Fayth Ann Lawson, wife of Rev. 
Charles E. Lawson, Trotwood, Ohio; and Myra Martin, wife 
of Rev. Charles M. Martin, Johnstown, Pa. Fred Devan, 
pastor. 

KING, Emma, 88, April 5, a charter member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Troy, Ohio. Services were conducted at 
the Grace Brethren Church of St. Petersburg, Fla. William 
Tweeddale, pastor. 

KLOPFENSTINE, Vera, May 6, faithful member of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Lake Odessa, Mich. Bill Stevens, 
pastor. 

SAMPSEL, Franklin, March 22, member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Gallon, Ohio. Maynard Tittle, pastor. 
STONE, Howard, Jan., a faithful servant and longtime 
member of the Grace Brethren Church, Mansfield, Ohio. J. 
Hudson Thayer, pastor. 



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hoping to help in Christian ed, youth, 
and church growth 



GBC Christian Education 

Box 365 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 



Executive Director: Knute Larson 
Director of Youth IVIinistries: Ed Lewis 
Director of SIVIM: Judy Ashman 
Customer Service: Ginny Toroian 



Summertime 

and the 
Living Is Lazy 

Do be careful. 

In some parts of the country, sum- 
mertime brings on "slumpsville." 

People forget which day the first 
day of the week falls on, and head for 
the weekend away from church. 

We are not legalists. 

But we do know a problem when 
we see one. 

You need church and it needs 
you— as much in the summer as any- 
time. 

Christian education and growth 
must be our motivations 12 months of 
the year, not 9. 

They do happen better, of course, 
when we are rested people— not 
broken, but with breaks now and then. 
But that's different from canceling 
commitment for the summer, or leav- 
ing God at home when you vacation! 

Happy warm days to you. 

And to your church! 

Some extra summer offers: 

1. The chance to take your Sunday 
School class on a short jaunt to 
fun, with a purpose of knowing 
them informally and better. 

2. More time to set goals for your 
ministry in the church, and for 

CO yourself and your family. 

3. Easier times for fellowship after 

CD 

^ evening services with a new fami- 

^ ly at church. 

■O 4. Walk times, which promote wor- 
O ship. 

6> 5. How about volunteering by ask- 
ing the pastor for someone to 
help you learn visitation-witness. 



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by going to homes with them 
several summer evenings. 
6. Be sure of Bible reading and 
prayer as a part of your growth 
each day. If you're ever going to 
start getting up earlier, now is 
the time. 



Tliank You, 
a Thousand 
Times 
Thank You! 

Thank you for good special help 
during our April and May emphasis on 
GBC Christian Education ministries. 

Many of you pitched in. 

You invested in lives. Not just ours 
at CE offices, but a TIME worker in 
Africa, a pastor in Florida who got 
help from something we shared, a Sun- 
day School teacher near Philadelphia. 

We're being careful about how we 
use your offerings. We know how im- 
portant it is to you that evangelism 
and edification happen. 

Most giving is through your local 
church. During April and May we 
asked for special helps directly, with a 
cassette tape interview with Coral 
Ridge's Dr. D. James Kennedy going 
to all who write to us. 

On the other side of the interview, 
my talk on "Making Changes," and the 
control of the Spirit. 

If you haven't helped us with gifts 
and prayers, you should for sure hear 
that side! 

(Smile.) 



Barnabas, Timothy, and 
the Board of Evangelism 

Our special and public 
thanks to the Board of Evan- 
gelism for their generous help 
with some of the funding for 
this summer's two "Opera- 
tion Barnabas" teams and the 
van for the Timothy teams 
ahead. 

We appreciate the team- 
work. 



World without 

End - 
One World 

It's a small world from some van- 
tage points. 

Big, from others. 

We are engaged in Christian educa- 
tion simply because it is part of the 
Great Command given to the church 
by Jesus Christ, the Lord. 

"Go . . . make disciples . . . baptiz- 
ing ... . teaching . . . ." (Matt. 28:19). 

Current statistics say 2.4 billion 
people live outside the circle of effec- 
tive gospel witness. 

The local church is central in the 
plan. The church here. The church 
there. But the church. 

As you study your Sunday School 
lesson tonight, please be looking at 
Africa or Brazil out of the corner of 
your eye. 

It's a world without end, in that 
people live forever. 

It's a small world with one big plan. 
And we hope, through Christian edu- 
cation, to help you see the world as 
God must. 

Thank you. 



:hristian education 




OPERATION BARNABAS Team Leaders 



Pray for the effectiveness of the two "Operation 
Barnabas" teams this summer. The teams will be 
led by Kevin and Tina Huggins, and Bruce and 
Christi Barlow in the Allegheny district; Ed Lewis, 
Judy Ashman, and Brian and Crystal Roseborough 
in the West Penn district. Pictured left to right: 
Brian and Crystal Roseborough, Bruce and Christi 
Barlow, Judy Ashman, Tina and Kevin Muggins, 
and Ed Lewis. 



Timothy Teams 

to 
Begin Serving 



This fall Christian Education begins 
a new ministry that promises to be one 
of the most exciting and rewarding 
programs in the Grace Brethren Fel- 
lowship: "Timothy Teams." 

College- and seminary-age members 
of Brethren Student Life Volunteers 
are eligible for this endeavor that pro- 
vides practical field experience and 
training in church ministries. 

Each team will travel to a church 
one weekend a month for three con- 
secutive months to help with youth 
work and church services. The team 
members will begin ministry groups 
(drama, puppets, music, and so on) 
with the youth in the church and con- 
centrate on providing a ministry atti- 



tude that can be modeled by the 
youth. 

Timothy teams will encourage 
members to develop skills and talents, 
and while doing this the members will 
have a chance to discover gifts and 
practice ministering in a variety of 
settings. 

Timothy team members will receive 
instruction in areas such as personal 
counseling, building relationships, and 
organizing youth ministry teams. 

"The benefits to the team members 
are obvious," says Timothy team 
supervisor, Brian Roseborough. "They 
will have the chance to get first-hand 
experience in church ministry while 
discovering and polishing their gifts. 



They will constantly be encouraged to 
continue their pursuit of a full-time 
Christian career while becoming aware 
of the opportunities in the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches." 

The benefits to the churches are 
just as evident. The churches selected 
to host Timothy teams will be blessed 
with the work of top prospects for 
Grace Brethren church ministries. 
"When a Timothy team has been there, 
you will be able to tell it! These kids 
are going to do a lot more than sing!" 
First, the team will be at the church 
for three weekends and will be in- 
volved all that time with working 
closely with the youth of the church, 
building relationships and teaching 
how to minister. For instance, one of 
the weekends the team members will 
be involved with door-to-door out- 
reach with the members of the youth 
group. 

Roseborough added, "When Timo- 
thy teams leave for the final time, they 
will leave behind a group of young 
people that has been shown how to 
minister effectively in the setting of 
the local church. That is investment!" 

This fall, teams will begin in a re- 
gion that extends from Michigan 
through Indiana and Ohio, including 
Pennsylvania. Persons who are inter- 
ested in this ministry should write to 
the Christian Education Department 
of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches, P.O. Box 365, Winona Lake, 
Indiana 46590. 

Urgent needs for the operation of 
these teams are: a large passenger van, 
and other equipment. Support indica- 
tions at Brethren National Youth Con- 
ference last year have merely opened a 
fund for this support that cannot 
come from the general operating funds 
of the Christian Education Depart- 
ment. Anyone interested in giving to 
this new opportunity should send their 
check to Christian Education and 
mark it "Timothy Teams." 



NVC 



Don't forget!! National 
Youth Conference registra- 
tions are due June 15— to be 
postmarked no later than 
June 15. Send to GBC Chris- 
tian Education, Box 365, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 



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Christian 

education 

is all about 

growth. 

Personal growth 

and 

church growth. 

That takes 

vision. 

YourGBC 

Christian Education 

people want 

to help us all 

stretch. 

So we see 

better. 



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This interview 

is with a man 

who sees 

very well. 

It's by 
Knute Larson. 



An interview with one of our boys" 

uieui ppon 

Larry Poland is from Winona Lake. 

Now he's all around the world. 

He is Grace Brethren. 

But his vision and vocation make him global and gigantic in thrust. 

Dr. Larry Poland— Wheaton College, Grace Seminary, Purdue 
University— is director of International Ministries and "World Thrust" 
for Campus Crusade for Christ. He also directs The Agape Movement, 
which coordinates short-term missions service for people willing to 
share abilities and time overseas. 

Dr. Poland helps recruit, train, send and serve Crusade people who go 
from North America into other countries— about 450 of them right 
now. He has a staff of about 10 assistants in the San Bernardino head- 
quarters who help him serve in so many ways. 

Their "World Thrust" multimedia, mood-and-facts presentation has 
helped many sign on the dotted line for the Lordship of Christ, and also 
for world missions. 

In our Brethren churches, we catch glimpses of world action, and have 
a special part— through Brethren Foreign Missions. But with ease we get 
provincial, and see only a part. 

I used to sit beside Larry in Dr. Hoyt's theology class. There we 
studied the Word. 

Now I apply it in a local church setting and from the good hill of CE, 
a vantage point that opens my eyes wider. 

Since Larry has a wider view from "Arrowhead Mountain," I wanted 
to see how the stretch of his vision has affected the tone of his spirit. 

Larry, is anything happening in the world for Christ today? 

Yes! I think it's hard for us to realize the total picture— only God has 
that. It's hard to realize all the exciting things that are going on today. 
I could take you to probably 30 countries of the world where there are 
significant spiritual awakenings. Sometimes that awakening is in terms 
of 10-15,000 people a month coming to know Christ, in a single city, in 
particular places where the church has doubled in 3 years. The country 
of Korea, for example, went from 3,000,000 believers to 6,500,000 
believers in less than 3 years! It was an outpouring of God's spirit. 

I could take you into situations where countries are supposed to be 
closed. But of course, "closed" is a non-real concept to an omnipotent 
God. Nothing is ever closed. I could speak of 18,000,000 born-again 
Christians in Soviet Russia or the underground church in Communist 
China. These things are hidden from us. I have kind of an unfair 
advantage— in my travel and in the work that I do in a hundred different 
countries. I have these reports of what God is doing. It's just a 
phenomenal thing to be sitting, not at the control center, but at kind of 
the switchboard, and watching God and the world interacting in a way. 
We're seeing more people trust Christ than any time in the history of 
man! 

What does it do for your personal faith, your relationship alone with 
Christ? 

Well, I think that every day I come to a greater appreciation of the 
bigness of the God I work for. We all start out, no matter where our 
roots are, with basically a small view of God. It's not a reflection on our 
environment, but we all start out with a very dinky view of God. As we 
trust our God and His promises, and reach out upon them, reach out 
beyond our own resources, we find Him to be bigger than we thought. 
The next time we test, we find Him to be bigger than we thought before. 

That process of continually finding your God to be bigger than you 
thought is very reassuring. I think it tends to build a context in which 



the mouncain 

doubt isn't so common in your relationship with Him. 

I think it provides a foundation in which it becomes a little bit easier 

(though trust is never easy for us sinful creatures) to step out one more 

time. Believing for something ridiculous, after you've seen Him pull in 

all of His infinite resources, is incredible! 
About that trust, the daily walk of faith— what does "the control of 

the Spirit" mean to you? 

There's a lot of misunderstanding of the Spirit's ministry in our lives. 

From my personal observation, Satan has two basic attacks on the 

church now: 
1 . To keep people ignorant of the practical power of the Holy Spirit 
in their lives even if they understand the doctrine. 
2. The other attack is on what the Holy Spirit is supposed to do. This 
war basically diverts Christians from the primary objective of the Holy 
Spirit, through lots of superficial dimensions that might obscure the 
central purpose for His living within us. His indwelling is for the 
reproduction of the character of Christ, rather than some sense experi- 
ence or even some kind of personal benefit! Except as t benefit from 

the character of Christ. 

The Spirit-filled life, to me, is a matter of thresholds. We come to 

know the Spirit as we come to know Christ. (God is one!) When we 

receive Christ, we receive His Spirit. From that point on, the design is 

that we surrender more and more and more to Him. We think we've 

given everything in a Romans 12:1 and 2 kind of way; we've become 

living sacrifices. And then He tests an area which we realize, to our 

embarrassment, we haven't given Him yet. So then we surrender that 

to His control. 
Having done that, we say, "Hey, that was liberating! Now I really am 

a part of the body of the committed!" 

Then the next test comes. We blow it by responding wrongly, or we 

don't love our enemies (we don't even love our friends when they do 

us in!). So we discover we need more Spirit-control over areas. 

Even in a specific area— in my giving, for instance— I find that after 

you've won some "biggies" by allowing the Holy Spirit to control that 

area, still there are new thresholds. Maybe it's not a threshold of 

performance, but of attitude. I'm now giving more than ever before, 

but that's not the important thing. I'm now giving what I am giving 

with a greater sense of love, rather than just as something I ought to do. 

To me, it's just constant new thresholds. Every day is a new threshold, 

finding the way of allowing the Spirit to control something He never 

had the privilege of controlling before. 
That's different than just a warm feeling, or getting blessed. "Control" 

is a big word, isn't it? 

I really run from any definition of Spirit-control that relates to feelings 

because I find that feelings are not dependable, at least for me. There 

are some mornings that I don't feel like I'm Spirit-controlled, but 

maybe that's because I ate pizza before I went to bed! Feelings are 

affected by so many sources that are not of spiritual origin. 

There's your family. Can you name your children? 

Yes I certainly can. I have four children-10, 9, 6 and 4. Christian is 

my firstborn; he's a son. Then I have three girls— Desiree is 9, and 

Cherish is 6, and Destiny is 4. Donna Lynn is my wife. 

Thanks much for your thoughts. 

Thanks, Larry, for the high view you're sharing. It helps us all keep 

our eyes open to God's wonderful works for His children today. 

Keep it up. 




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A - Long Beach, Calif. (Grace) 

B - Bellflower, Calif. 

C - Lititz, Pa. 

D — Elizabethtown, Pa. 

E — Grandview, Wash. 

F - Davton, Ohio (Huber Heights) 

G - Bethlehem, Pa. 

H - Modesto, Calif. (Big Valley) 

I — Hopewell, Pa. 

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Mrs. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., Souderton, Pa. 18964 

1st Vice President- 
Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

2nd Vice President- 
Mrs. Walter Fretz, 413 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Secretary- 
Mrs. Sally Neely, 565 Stonyridge Ave., Troy, Ohio 45373 

Assistant Secretary- 
Mrs. Tom Miller, R. R. 8, Warsavi/, Ind. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. (All checks payable to Brethren National WMC.) 

Assistant Financial-Secretary— 

Mrs. Tom inman, 2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 
80910 

Literature Secretary- 
Mrs. Lloyd Fish, R. R. 8, Box 196, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Editor- 
Mrs. Noel Hoke, 700 Robson Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Prayer Chairman- 
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(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 26 and 27 
of the 1978 Grace Brethren Annual; 

AFRICA 

Mrs. F. George Peters August 1 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Empire. 

Miss Ruth Kent August 21 

Kirk Howard Immel August 26, 1968 

B. P. 240, Bangui, Central African Empire. 

Rev. R. Bruce Paden August 26 

BRAZIL 

Rev. BLU A. Burk August 5 

Rev. Ernest H. Bearinger August 6 

Mrs. George A. Johnson August 10 

Calxa Postal 861, 66.000 Belem,Para, BRAZIL. 
Jeffrey Carl Earner August 20, 1967 

MEXICO 

Rev. Jack B. ChurchiU August 20 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Ginette Mireille DeArmey August 12, 1970 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

Dr. Floyd W. Taber August 16 

Rev. J. P. KUever August 21 



Offering 
Opportunity 

No lectures of price increases or inflationary trends are 
in this column— just a report that now is your opportunity 
to help pay the bills for National WIVIC. Although we pay 
our own bills from offerings given in the sometimes lean 
summer months at the winding down of the WMC year, we 
should give as generously to this offering as to our other 
ministries. Consider the helps given in the lesson packets. 
Herald pages, and so forth. Remember, the goal is $6,500 
and the offering is due September 10, 1978. 




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Pearl by Donita Dyer (Tyndale, $4.95) 

Pearl Kashishian fled the suffering and fear of Armenia to come to America at 
age 15. Her life in both countries was filled with adventures and miracles, and 
influenced many. You will enjoy this warm biography by Donita Dyer, a mem- 
ber of the Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach, California. 

A Layman Looks at the Lord's Prayer by W. Phillip Keller (Moody Press, $2.95) 
A phrase-by-phrase application of the Lord's Prayer to such practical matters 
as knowing God's will, experiencing the power of forgiveness, avoiding tempta- 
tion, and defeating Satan. This book will give you a broader understanding of 
the concepts represented by the simple words of the prayer we were given. 

The God of the Impossible by June Miller (Zondervan, $5.95) 

iVlrs. IVliller shares both her own life and that of IVlary, the mother of Jesus, to 
reveal simple, practical guidelines for happiness. IVlary, the "nobody God chose 
to become somebody," was one woman who experienced everything imagined. 
And "the God who loved, taught, and kept her does the same" for us today. 
You will find inspiration for our current questions and problems through the 
lives of the two women. 

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October 26, 1977 

We were at Ulrich Gunter's 
home in Stuttgart, Germany, for 
the youth group meeting. Thir- 
teen young people were in at- 
tendance. Studied 1 Corinthians 
3:5-15. Had a great time with 
the young people. Mrs. Nancy 
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is Mrs. Ruth Balmer from the Telford, Pa,, church. Airs. Balmer travcle 
to Africa with our president.) 



October 29, 1977 

What a blessing to have heat in our room during 
our stay at the Chateau de St. Albain in France. I 
remember when the WMC helped to pay for this cen- 
tral heating plant. 



November 2, 1977 

Head nurse Samuel and wife Alissa 
at Bossembele. At the present there is 
no missionary here, but the work is 
being carried on by the Africans, for 
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November 5, 1977 

When we arrived up at Manne, a couple of thousand lined the road to 
greet us! The OTN ladies had sponsored an African dinner with manioc, 
gozo and gravy, a banana dish, barbequed chicken, charcoaled chicken, 
goat, and grapefruit. We ate in the guest house. When we were ready to 
leave, the churches represented presented us with six chickens, two pans of 
peanuts, and eggs. Some ladies and men had walked over fifteen miles to 
come. 



November 2, 1977 

We gave a greeting first to the Lu- 
miere girls at Yaloke; and then went to 
the church and gave a greeting to the 
OTN ladies. We received a gift of gozo 
root and squash. 




November 4, 1977 

Arrived at Nzoro at 3:00 in the mis- 
sionary aviation plane and were hurried 
because there was going to be a parade. 
They said for the WMC president. 1 was 
speechless. About 1,000 people paraded 
up Nzoro hill and presented us v^dth 
about 100 gifts of a goat, 15 gallons of 
nuts, bananas, all kinds of vegetables, 
sugar cane and lots of flowers! What a 
welcome! The OTN president is standing 
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On our way home from church at 
Bata we stopped at Martine and Pierre 
Yougouda's home. She didn't go to 
church today because her two boys 
had been sick. We were very happy to 
see her. Pray for her and for her fami- 
ly. There are many adjustments to 
make since they are back. 



November 10, 1977 

In the afternoon, we spoke at a 
large OTN rally for all the churches 
of Bangui, which was held in the 
Castor Church. The OTN ladies are 
very enthusiastic. They really put 
WMC ladies in the U.S. to shame 
with their enthusiasm. Pictured is 
the OTN president presenting us 
with a gorgeous blue, hand-painted 
tablecloth and napkins, lettuce, 
bananas, soda, 6 chickens, 3 gourds, 
grapefruit, oranges, pineapple and 
many different fruits— and also 88 
eggs! What generosity! 




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the most in the short time we had. Everyone treated 
us royally. I wish I could have brought home some 
enthusiasm from the OTN ladies. Let's get busy and 
see great things being accomplished for our Lord. 

"Complete in Him, " 
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took 37 years to reach this height. 

Your cooperation as a Fellowship has been in- 
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very bright. We at the Herald are planning on 
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Join with us as we seek to communicate the 
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Publicarion Offering 

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as we go to press .. • I 

The new Grace Brethren Church in the Suncoast area of 
Florida (Marion Thomas, pastor) was received into the 
Florida District during the district conference re- 
cently. The church has voted to purchase five acres i 
of land. ^ 

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Rev. Wayne Mensinger will assume the pastorate of the ' 

Mill Run Grace Brethren Church, Westernport, Md . , on j 

June 18. : 

The Northeast Ohio District Mission Board has approv- ; 

ed the Canal Fulton Bible class as a new full-time ; 

Brethren church. A budget of $15,000 was accepted for ■ 

this field for 1978-79. The Brethren Home Missions 
Council will also cooperate in this ministry. 

The congregation of the Albany, Greg. , church has 
called Rev. Mel Taylor as pastor. 

Rev. Kenneth Ashman (pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, Wooster, Ohio) and Raymond Thompson visited 
three mission fields during a trip in May. The men 

spent 10 days in the Central African Empire and one week in Europe at the French and 
German mission points. The purpose of the FMS-sponsored trip was to counsel with per- 
sonnel on the fields, join in field council discussions, and be of general assistance 
to the national believers. At the conclusion of their visit, Mr. Ashman and Mr. Thomp- 
son were pleased to travel back to the United States with Mr. Ashman's daughter, 
Cindy, at the completion of her year of service in the CAE with the TIME program. 

Rev. Wendell Kent has resigned as pastor of the First Brethren Church, Waynesboro, 
Pa., concluding a 12-year ministry. Mr. Kent's future plans are indefinite. ; 

Rev. Nelson Hall, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Winona, Minn., has been ill 
recently and has undergone treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. 

The Evangelical Press Association met May 8-10 at Arrowhead Springs, Calif. Several 
items are of special interest to the Fellowship. In a memorial service, Marcia Wardel] 
was recognized for her years of service as a member of EPA. Ac^cent magazine, publish- 
ed by the Christian Education Department, received the "Award of Excellence" for youth 
magazines. The magazine receiving the "Periodical of the Year" award (the highest 
award) was Contact - the editor, Phil Landrum. 

Mr. Ted Franchino, who is presently assistant principal at Valley View Junior High 
School in Simi Valley, Calif., will assume the position of administrator of the 
Lakeland Christian Academy, Warsaw, Ind., beginning with the 1978-79 school year. 

Dr. Ed Hindson, director of counseling at Liberty College and for Thomas Road Bap- 
tist Church, and a graduate of Grace Seminary, will be one of the featured speakers 
and workshop leaders at this year's GBC Christian Education Convention, August 11-13. 
Hindson will speak on "Total Health" at the popular sessions, and lead three work- 
shops on counseling for the pastors. Miss Winona Walworth, noted manager of the 
Christian Education Department for Scripture Press, will lead three of the work- 
shops for children's workers at the convention, which will feature "Pastoral Prob- 
lems and Children's Ministries." 



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It is so easy to complain and be 
negative. I do not think the Lord in- 
tended it that way, but mankind made 
it possible through years of practice. 
Every positive endeavor of both man 
and God is met with unlimited reasons 
why it cannot be done. At times, they 
seem logical and important. The only 
problem is that such an attitude never 
bears any positive fruit. It is so much 
easier to observe and draw opinions. 

The reason this is so fresh in mind 
is that it is just one day removed from 
Memorial Day. Now what has this to 
do with the situation? Very simply 
this— there was no Memorial Day pa- 
rade in a small southern town this 
year. The reason, stated by a news- 
caster, was that in the past few years 
the number of marchers in the parade 
has dropped and the number of ob- 
servers has increased. This year it 
seemed no one wanted to march and 
everyone wanted to watch. Thus, the 
Memorial Day parade was called off. 

I checked to see if there was a 
Brethren church located in the area, 
thinking that the idea had originated 
there. Be comforted, I could not find a 
Brethren church within many miles. It 
seems that watching without doing is a 
universal trait. 

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The Parade 
Has Been 
Canceled ! 



Charles W. Turner 
Editor 



my mind about the same time. I was 
informed that we as people do not do 
well when it comes to the matter of 
the use of our potential. We are told 
that the average person never uses over 
10 percent of his mental powers, and 
generally only about 5 percent. That 
is an alarming statistic and brings on a 
ray of hope. What would happen if we 
as Christians would begin to move for- 
ward in the use of talents and abilities 
that God has given us? Back in the be- 
ginning, God instructed us to subdue 
the earth and have dominion over it. I 
am not certain of all that was involved 
in the statement, but it does indicate a 
command to go forward and do His 
will. There are startling passages in the 
Bible that indicate the potential made 
available to the believer to do in the 
name of Christ. 

"Potential" indicates there are un- 
used possibilities in our spiritual lives. 
It means we know of additional things 
we could do as well as things we could 
do better. Potential exists in areas of 
our lives we know nothing about until 
we grow and mature and the Lord 
opens these possibilities to us. In every 
church and in every life there is the 
potential of growth and spiritual ma- 
turity. Your church can do better than 
it is now doing. Certainly we cannot 
believe otherwise. If this be true, then 
our vision is a very restricted one and 
does not fit the thoughts or truths ex- 
pressed by the Apostle Paul in Philip- 
pians. 

We move forward individually and 
as a corporate body as we see the pos- 
sibility of what can be and what 
should be. If there is not a vision of 



possibility, then there is not very 
much life left in the body. After you 
see what there is to be done, there 
must be a desire to see it accomplished 
with the help of the Lord. People who 
want to see things accomplished gener- 
al ly do see them accomplished— 
because they are willing to work and 
spend the time, energy and resources 
necessary to see them done. We are al- 
ways waiting for everyone else to get 
involved before we do it. When volun- 
teers are requested, do you judge 
whether you are going to do it on the 
basis of other uplifted hands, or on the 
basis of conviction thatyow should do 
it? This is an indication of your quali- 
ty of leadership, and will tell you a 
great deal about yourself. 

You know there have been too 
many parades canceled on the basis of 
too few being willing to march. It is 
about time a few people in the family 
of God decide to enter the parade de- 
spite what others are willing to try to 
do. If you do, be comforted that the 
non-marchers will be there to evaluate 
your performance. But also be com- 
forted that you were willing to try 
when others did not. The Christian 
world is filled with activity this day- 
some of it good, some of it bad, and 
some of it indifferent. We all wish the 
bad could be eliminated. But if we do 
nothing because of the bad we see, and 
spend all of our time being critical of 
the marchers, we are not much better 
than they. God's work is to be done, 
and His will accomplished. And those 
who are willing to step out by faith 
and become the doers will get great 
blessing in marching in His will. 



COVER: by John Burtoft. The 

Grace College Class of 1978 presented Grace 
Schools with a new sign as its senior gift. 
See page 16 for a listing of the students pic- 
tured. 

reported in the herald 

35 Years Ago- 1943 

The Flora, Indiana, congregation has 
purchased a parsonage and Don Bart- 
lett and family are moving in. 

15 Years Ago- 1963 

Grace Brethren Church of Toppenish, 
Wasliington, with Pastor Don Farner, 
dedicated the church building . . . . R. 
Wayne Snider, professor at Grace Col- 
lege, is visiting in Russia with a dele- 
gation from Indiana. 

5 Years Ago- 1973 

Ron Picard finishes a three-year minis- 
try of visitation evangelism with the 
Brethren Home N4issions Council .... 
Buck Summers has resigned from his 
position with the Christian Education 
Department. 



Volume 40 Number 1 1 June 15, 1978 
Published on the first and fifteenth of 
each month (except— one issue only in the 
months of April, August and December) by 
The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 
P. O. Box 544, Wmona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Printed by BMH Printing 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Artists, Jane Fretz, Gary Nieter 
Production Manager: Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 
Knute Larson. Foreign H/lissions: Rev. John 
Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Sctiools: Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 
Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WMC: Linda 
Hoke. 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona 
Lake, Ind. Published by the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company, P. O. Box 544, 
1104 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. Subscription prices: $5.00 a year; 
foreign, $5.75. Special rates to churches. 
Extra copies of this issue or back issues are 
available. They are priced at 25c each, post- 
age paid, with a minimum order of four 
copies. Please include your check with 
order. 

NEWS ITEMS contained in each Issue are 
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contents 

6 HOPE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT 

8 HOTTEST BIBLE STUDY 

10 AIKEN AWAKENS TO A NEW DAY 

12 THIRTY YEARS IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

14 1978 GRACE COLLEGE BRETHREN GRADUATES 

16 1978 GRACE SEMINARY BRETHREN GRADUATES 

18 ATLANTA DEDICATES NEW EDUCATIONAL BUILDING 



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• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • BMH News Report 4 • 
• As We Go to Press 20 • 



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I have a photostat copy of the fourth edition of a booklet published 
by yourselves entitled "Freemasonry and Christianity" by Alva J. 
McClain,Th.M.,D.D.,LL.D. 

There is a great demand for this booklet in South Africa and we 
would like permission to print it here. Should there be a later edition, 
please send us a copy of the same with the necessary permission to 
reprint, if you agree to this. 

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From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

DThe Community Grace Brethren Church of Whittier, 
Calif., has begun the process of securing a nine-acre public 
school campus for their school ministry. A bid of $825,000 
was accepted on the campus which is located in La Mirada. 
Prayer is now requested for the other steps necessary, such 
as zoning approval and loan approval. The new facility will 
allow further growth for the school, and also an expansion 
of the church program— perhaps with a Sunday School or a 
midweek Bible class in that area. 

D Boston (EP)— A Texas divinity school student finished 
the Boston Athletic Association marathon 2 seconds behind 
the winner, Bill Rodgers of Roslindale, Mass., the favorite 
who completed the 26-mile course in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 
13 seconds. 

Jeff Wells, a 23-year-old student at Dallas Theological 
Seminary, had to step around a spectator at the finish line 
to secure second place in the Patriot's Day race that began 
in Hopkinton, Mass., with more than 4,000 participants. 

His Dallas roommate, John Lodwick, finished eighth 
with a time of 2:14:44. 

Only 864 men and 154 women finished the 26-mile run. 

D Des Moines (EP)— A bill signed into law by Gov. Robert 
Ray of Iowa will provide $400,000 to nonpublic school 
students for textbooks beginning in September 1978. 

Gov. Ray said the law seeks to provide equal treatment 
to public and nonpublic school students. He referred to 
U.S. Supreme Court decisions holding that aid such as text- 
books and transportation to private school students is con- 
stitutional when given on an equal basis. 

The $400,000 will come to about $7.50 per private 
school student. The textbooks will be purchased by public 
school boards and their themes must be nonsectarian. 



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D New York (EP)— More than 400 million Scriptures were 
distributed worldwide in 1977, according to the annual re- 
port of the American Bible Society. 

Statistics released here in connection with the organiza- 
tion's one hundred sixty-second annual meeting indicated a 
total of 410 million Scriptures were distributed last year— a 
gain of 80 million copies and an increase of 24 percent over 
1976. 



n Albany, N.Y. (EP)— New York's Assembly has approved 
a bill that would make all parents liable for vandalism 
caused by their children, even if the parents "exercised due 
diligence in the supervision" of their children. 

Under existing laws, parents or guardians are exempt 
from responsibility if they can show they exercised due 
diligence. Otherwise, they can be made to pay up to $500 
in damages for vandalism committed by children aged 10 to 
18. 

The measure passed by the Assembly would raise the 
liability to $1,000 and remove the provision exempting dili- 
gent parents. The Assembly bill was adopted by a vote of 
110 to 16. 

n Washington, D.C. (EP) — Loss of confidence by world 
money markets in the U.S. dollar has created a difficult 
situation for overseas missions programs operated by the 
Seventh-day Adventist Church, according to Martin E. 
Kemmerer, the denomination's world under-treasurer. 

"The General Conference, the Church's world head- 
quarters, has lost more than $2 million so far in 1978 in 
converting dollars to other, stronger currencies just to keep 
overseas mission budgets at existing levels," Mr. Kemmerer 
said. "Fortunately, we had made provision by setting aside 
funds in anticipation of this trend, so we have not had to 
cut back our work." 

n Sydney (EP)— Copies of the "Sniden Prayer Book" may 
become collectors' copies among Australian Anglicans in 
the same way that copies of the "Breeches Bible" have 
become museum pieces. 

The "Breeches Bible," published in 1560 and also 
known as the Geneva Bible, gained fame for its use of the 
word "breeches" in Genesis 3:7, where the word "aprons" 
appears in the later King James Version. 

During a trial-run printing of the newly released Aus- 
tralian Prayer Book for Australian Anglicans, the name of 
the editor was incorrectly printed as Brother Gilbert 
Sniden, rather than the correct spelling of Sinden. 

D Three men of the Harrah (Wash.) Brethren Church re- 
cently received their F.C.C. Radio Amateur licenses. Dr. 
Samuel B. Marx and Pastor Chuck Winter were both 
granted their General Class licenses, while John Morrell 
qualified for his Technician Class Amateur license. 

The three men were part of a Monday night class that 
had met at the church since September to study radio 
theory and code. The class was taught by Al Cherry, who is 
a member of the Yakima Grace Brethren Church and is also 
a staff member at radio station KBBO/KYBO in Yakima. 

Dr. and Mrs. Marx will be returning soon to a Moravian 
Medical Clinic in Honduras where they have already served 
for some 20 years. Radio communications is a vital 
part of that ministry, so an amateur radio link will be estab- 
lished between the clinic and the Yakima church. 

DThe Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washington in 
Temple Hills, Md., has welcomed Jeff Thornley, a senior at 
Grace Seminary, as summer intern. 




D May 21 was "Baby Sunday" at First Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio. All babies under three were photographed; 
and parents received a 5 by 7 print. A baby parade during 
the worship service gave the congregation a look at the 
children God has given them during the last three years. 

DA list of names is being compiled for emergency purposes 
at the Bellflower Brethren Church of Bellflower, Calif. The 
list, copies of which will be kept in the church office and 
the nursery, will contain the names of members of the con- 
gregation who have completed CPR training. 

D Rev. and Mrs. Alan Mangum are the parents of a baby 
boy, Douglas Todd, born March 31. Mr. Mangum is the 
pastor of the Third Brethren Church of Philadelphia, Pa. 

n The congregation of the Grace Brethren Church of Lititz, 
Pa., is "itching to start" on the newly established day 
school. Ground has been broken for an addition to the 
present building; brochures have been mailed to every home 
within a 10-mile radius of the church; board members have 
been elected; and a headmaster has been secured. 

n Rev. Bruce Button has begun a new position as director 
of the Louisville (Ky.) Friends of Israel, which is under the 
American Association for Jewish Evangelism. The Buttons 
would appreciate your prayers as they enter this new (but 
not so new) field of service. 




Dr. James Custer 



Dr. Robert Thompson 



D Commencement services of the Grace Graduate School 
and Grace Bible Institute of Long Beach, Calif., were held 
June 18 at Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach. The 
honorary degree of Doctor of Litterarum was conferred on 
James Custer, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Columbus, Ohio. The Doctor of Divinity degree was con- 
ferred on Robert Thompson, western director of The Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council. 




marriages 



Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest always 
upon, these new families who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six-month free subscription to the Herald is given to 
newlyweds whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

Pamela Steele and Michael Harris, Jan. 14, First Brethren 
Church, Martinsburg, Pa. 

Cheryl Stoltz and Douglas Rhodes, Feb. 25, First Brethren 
Church, Martinsburg, Pa. 

Pamela Ebersole and Stephen Shover, April 8, First Breth- 
ren Church, Martinsburg, Pa. 

Gaila Helsel and Dennis Shoemaker, May 20, First Brethren 
Church, Martinsburg, Pa. 



change your annual 

Bruce L. Button, 2140 Eastview Ave., Louisville, Ky. 
40205 .... On page 66, the Centerville, Ohio, church. Pas- 
tor Jack Redrow, telephone no. is: 513/294-6274 . . . . 
Robert Poirier, 3912 Bradwood Dr., Dayton, Ohio 45405. 



deaths 



Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

WEESE, Mary, 54, April 28, a faithful member of the First 
Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, and a sister of Rev. Wesley 
Haller. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 



DThe ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian 
is a subject that is currently receiving a lot of emphasis. The 
Missionary Herald adult study guide for September, Octo- 
ber and November will point out what God's Word tells 
you about this important topic. Written by Dr. Bernard N. 
Schneider, it will be specially priced at SI. 75 each m 
quantities. (Individual orders will be accepted at the regular 
price of $3.95, postage paid when your check accompanies 
the request.) Send your order to the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co., P. O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

DThe "New Life" Sunday School contest held at the Lees- 
burg Brethren Church, Leesburg, Ind., has resulted in a 
record attendance of 168. The congregation was divided 
into four groups for the competition-Matthew, Mark, 
Luke, and John. Pastor Ralph Burns reports that several 
new families have been reached and many decisions made 
during the month-long campaign. "Again it has been proved 
that when people get excited about the Lord and the ( 
Church, things happen," he adds. ' 

An addition to the church building has also been ap- ' 
proved by the Leesburg congregation. The addition will be j 
in the form of a fellowship hall and Sunday School class-" 
rooms on the north side of the present building. Plans are 
being made for a ground-breaking service in the near future, 
along with the burning of the mortgage for the present 
four-year-old addition to the front of the church. 



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Pastor Joseph R. Podraza 

The Grace Brethren Church of 
Hope, New Jersey, began a little less 
than four years ago. It began when 
God used one man, who had a vision 
for seeing a Bible-believing church 




grow in northwest New Jersey, to get 
the ball rolling. At that time, there was 
not a sound Bible-believing, soul- 
winning church within a 1 5-mile radius 
of Hope— where over 25,000 people 
ivc. A Bible study group started; and 
soon God placed in the hearts of many 
a desire to grow a church. 

What kind of a church would it be? 
The Earl Tarr family, who had the 
initial dream and had been active in 
both the North Riverdale Grace Breth- 
ren Church in Dayton, Ohio, and the 
I Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, 
Ohio, naturally sensed the leading of 
the Lord to make it a Grace Brethren 
church. But who in northern New 
Jersey ever heard of the Grace Breth- 
■ ren? Was it some cult . . . some back- 
, woods group ... a new denomination 
with Earl Tarr as the founder? From 
the very start, there was opposition to 
the idea of a Grace Brethren Church. 



HOPE 

Does Not 

Disappoint 



But instead of discouragement, this 
opposition spurred the believers on to 
work harder and to pray more dili- 
gently. 

The new work began in the home 
of Stanley Dick, a local businessman, 
immediately became associated with 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches, and soon was accepted as a 
new home mission point. The District 
Mission Board of the Northern Atlan- 
tic District eagerly offered its assist- 
ance both monetarily and by supply- 
ing pastors to fill the pulpit until a 
full-time pastor could be called. 

Another obstacle appeared, how- 
ever, when several organizations 
turned down the new church's request 
to rent their facility for its worship 
services. But God was faithful, and 
finally the Episcopal Church in Hope 
offered limited use of their buildings. 
You can just imagine the somewhat in- 
teresting situations that developed 
when churches with such diverse back- 
grounds began sharing facilities! None- 
theless, regular "morning" worship 
services got underway (at 2:30 in the 
afternoon) and eventually moved to 9 
a.m. so that Bible School and an eve- 
ning service could be added at night. 
Rev. Terrance T. Taylor was the first 
man called to pastor the church, and 
for the year and a half that he served, 
the Lord's blessing was upon his minis- 
try. 

In the midst of Mr. Taylor's resig- 
nation, there arose a doctrinal dispute 



within the church. It was at this time 
that many felt that Satan had finally 
dealt a lethal blow to God's work in 
Hope, New Jersey. Some people left 
the church; others stayed; but only a 
handful were convinced that God 
wanted this testimony for Him to con- 
tinue. Even this hurdle was jumped— 
yet not without pain and scars. Under 
the direction of The Brethren Home 
Missions Council and the enthusiasm 
of Dr. Lester E. Pifer, those who had 
questioned, "Would God abandon a 
work that He had so faithfully cared 
for in the past?" saw an obvious an- 
swer, "Of course not!!!" 

The church then went pastorless for 
a six-month period. Who would want 
to become part of a pastorless church? 
Yet God did provide and people did 
come. Then in January of 1977, after 
diligent weeks of prayer, I began my 
ministry at Hope. Things began pick- 
ing up and by April, the year and a 
half-long search for land on which to 
build, ended. Nineteen seventy-seven 
proved to be a year of great blessing as 
both the worship attendances and of- 
ferings doubled. 

With the momentum of such an ex- 
citing year behind it, and with God's 
blessings continually getting greater, 
on April 2, 1978, the congregation in 
Hope saw 130 people assemble at the 
land site to participate in a ground- 
breaking service. What a day that 
was — trumpets from the Suburban 
Grace Brethren Church in Halboro, 
Pennsylvania, heralded the event while 
voices blended together praising God 



home missions 

for His faithfulness! The mayor of 
Hope, a Warren County official, the 
previous landowners, and three local 
pastors all turned out to give testi- 
monies as to how they believed this 
new church could benefit the com- 
munity. Dr. Lester E. Pifer brought 
greetings from The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council; and Rev. Vernon J. 
Harris, pastor of the Southern Lancaster 
Grace Brethren Church in Lancaster, 
Pennsylvania, touched the hearts of 
many with his message from God's 
Word. Everyone at the service turned 
over a shovelful of sod-from the four 
year olds to the seventy year olds- 
reminding all present that God's 
church is open to everyone. Now, it 
seems almost everyone in the area has 
heard of the Grace Brethren and what 
they believe! 

With the arrival of a construction 
superintendent (Mr. Harry Fohncstock 
of the Mycrstown Grace Brethren 
Church in Mycrstown, Pennsylvania) 
on May 1, the time for the congre- 
gation in Hope to have a building of its 
own is at hand. Though the last four 
years have often been times of trial, 
the crowd in Hope can truly say they 
have experienced the theme verse, 
found in Romans 5:3-5 (NA5B): 
". . . but we also exult in our tribula- 
tions; knowing that tribulation brings 
about perseverance; and perseverance, 
proven character; and proven charac- 
ter, hope; and hope does not dis- 
appoint; because the love of God has 
been poured out within our hearts 
through the Holy Spirit who was given 
to us." 




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Doyle Miller 

It was March 23, 6:45 p.m. The 
Miller family was in preparation for 
the regular Thursday evening Bible 
study to begin at 8:00. 

I was inside the house when I heard 
screaming. I thought it was the voice 
of a lady being attacked. I immediate- 
ly ran out the back door and dis- 
covered that just behind the mission 
office and garage, flames were shoot- 
ing 50 feet in the air. I ran inside to 
tell my wife to phone the fire depart- 
ment. I then returned to the office and 
placed my ladder near the rear of the 
office and climbed to the roof. My 
son, Michael, and a neighbor were 
frantically hooking up our garden 
hose. I soaked one end of the garage 
roof. I also learned that another neigh- 
bor was helping to spray water, but he 
was spraying it on the wrong garage. 
He admitted later that his heart was in 
the right place— he thought he was 
spraying our garage. My time began to 
run out on the roof, as the flames were 
engulfing the electric lines over my 
head and things were starting to ex- 
plode in the other garage. So I re- 
treated to a much safer area across the 
street. We prayed that the fire depart- 
ment would arrive in time to save our 
property. If they would have arrived 
three minutes earlier, we would not 
have been involved in the fire. 

We are continuing to praise God 
that no one was injured and no part of 
the dwelling was involved. Our electric 
power was off for several hours; and 
over 300 homes were without phone 
service for several days. 

We had structure and content 
damage, plus smoke and water 
damage. We lost two Wollensak re- 
corders, projectors, speakers, tapes and 
cassettes— also about 50,000 pieces of 
literature, books, and Bibles in He- 
brew, Yiddish and Braille. We lost all 
our children's supplies— such as pup- 
pets, crafts, study books and miscel- 
laneous items. I also lost personal 
items such as a recorder and tapes, two 
complete beds, lawn furniture, books 
and records. 



Many local residents, and some of 
our Bible study groups, suspect arson. 
But, I have confidence in knowing a 
God who knows all the details. He is 
the final judge of the deeds of men. I 
am also reminded to "Consider it all 
joy . . . when you encounter various 
trials" (James 1:2, NASB). 

There are certain radical groups 
which constantly threaten the work of 
Jewish Missions with phone calls, fire 
bombs, and so on. However, we do not 
know the exact cause of this fire, but 
continue to praise God that no one 
was hurt and that the dwelling was 
saved. Mr. Rees Price of Long Beach, 
California, is doing a lot of the carpen- 
try work, and we thank the Lord for 
his dedication and willingness to help. 

*\ 

We are also getting the garage com- 
pletely done in stucco which, of 
course, is fireproof. We appreciate 
your prayers at this time. 

In spite of it all— the meetings con- 
tinue. 

We are presently dealing with 
several Jewish people whom we believe 
are near to accepting Messiah. They 
always have one or more reasons for 
rejecting jesus. Mrs. R. is very open to 
things of the New Testament, but she 
clings to tradition and family heritage. 
She said that Jewish people are just 
not taught to believe in Jesus as Lord 
and Saviour. I shared with her that the 



prophets and apostles were Jewish. I 
also shared that at the turn of the first 
century, one-fourth of the Jewish race 
believed in Jesus as Messiah. Mrs. R. is 
depressed over the loss of her husband, 
who passed away 18 months ago. She 
has allowed me to pray with her on 
several occasions. Since our first con- 
tact, her general health has improved. I 
am praying that in the near future she 
will come to the Bible study. Mrs. R. 
will be visiting some Hebrew Christian 
relatives in San Diego. Pray that this 
will be a turning point for her. 

Recently I received a phone call at 
my office. From the first moment, I 
knew that the caller was depressed and 
troubled. She shared with me about 
her financial dilemma and related 
some of the heartaches that had come 
to her family. After several minutes of 
one-way conversation, I could tell that 
she was looking for a service organiza- 
tion. I related to her that BET EMET 
is a local Bible study group and her 
family would be welcomed at the 
studies. She declined the invitation be- 
cause of fear. I snared with her the 
need for a personal relationship with 
Yeshua (Jesus). I reminded her again 
of our Bible studies and encouraged 
her to come. Her husband walked in 
the door and she had to hang the 
phone up very abruptly. 

About a week later, I called the 
home of Mrs. A. Her husband an- 
swered the phone. I explained who I 
was and that I had sent a New Testa- 
ment Prophecy Edition and was won- 
dering if they were reading it and if 
they had any questions. He answered 
me very sarcastically and said, "No, 
why would we have questions?" Need- 
less to say, I had a very short conversa- 
tion with him. Pray as we follow up 
.with a visit. God bless you and shalom. 



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Rev. Henry Rempel, well-known will be traveling via travel trailer. The 



pastor, evangelist and Bible teacher, 
will be representing The Brethren 
Home Missions Council as its steward- 
ship representative. Mr. Rempel will be 
taking up this ministry where the late 
Dr. L. L. Grubb ended his service. 

With the retirement of Rev. Leo 
Polman and the death of Dr. L. L. 
Grubb, there has been a gap of several 
months without a stewardship repre- 
sentative in the field for Brethren 
Home Missions. The BHMC is now 
realizing some of the fruit of Rev. Leo 
Polman's ministry-and without this 
additional help from annuities and 
estates, it would not be able to operate 
in the black. Recently, in one week 
the BHMC was advised it would be the 
beneficiary of about $7,000 from two 
different estates. 

Mr. Rempel will begin his new min- 
istry about |uly 1 and, with his wife. 



Rempels have ministered in more than 
100 churches in their previous asso- 
ciation with the Foreign Missionary 
Society and the Board of Evangelism. 
Mr. Rempel pastored churches in our 
Fellowship for 31 years, and therefore 
is well known in the FGBC. 

To enhance and enlarge the stew- 
ardship ministry, a new 16mm color 
film entitled "A Gift Of Love" will 
soon be available for use by the 
Rempels, and available to any Breth- 
ren church through the office of The 
Brethren Home Missions Council. The 
film, produced by Christian Communi- 
cations Incorporated, in addition to 
stewardship, presents a challenge on 
evangelism and church growth. Write 
today for a date to use this new film 
and for further information on Rev. 
Henry Rempel's stewardship ministry. 



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home missions 

Pastor Steve Taylor 

It was Sunday, April 2, 1978, that 
the Aiken Brethren awakened to a 
beautiful new day. It was the day the 
Lord had made, but it was to be differ- 
ent than any other day. Imagine a wor- 
ship service, ground-breaking service, 
ordination service combined with a re- 
union fellowship meal and reception 
for the pastor in one day! No, it didn't 
"iust happen"— it was in the planning 
for the past eight months by the Grace 
Brethren Church, Aiken, South Caro- 
lina. 



include a recognition of God's work 
on the building. The footers had been 
dug, the concrete poured, and there 
was evidence of a lot of progress on a 
building already. We desired to share 
with all our out-of-town guests the 
blessing of God in providing nearly 
$40,000 since the church began to 
look for property. 



Pastor and Mrs. Dean Risser, from 
the Grace Brethren Church, Lexing- 
ton, Ohio, were invited to participate 
in the ordination service and, specifi- 
cally, to give the message from God's 
Word at this official ground-breaking 
service. Mr. Risser was used of the 



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The day began with the regularly 
scheduled morning worship hour. The 
only "regular" thing was the 9:30 
hour; for it turned out to be a fellow- 
ship gathering . . . introduction of 
visitors seemingly took one-half the 
service time! Guests were present from 
California, Ohio, Alabama, Virginia, 
Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, 
and many parts of South Carolina. The 
special music, the visitors, the "regu- 
lars," the offering goal reached, and 
the message all made the morning wor- 
ship service alone a completely new 
spiritual experience. 

At 1 1 :00, everyone gathered on the 
property site for the official ground 
breaking. Many months before, the 
local people had held a "site dedi- 
cation" service. Now this one was to 



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Lord in a Brethren Home Missions 
work at Margate, Florida (now North 
Lauderdale)-my second Grace Breth- 
ren church home. Mr. Risser's faithful 



early '60s; and his ministry to them 
was used to direct me into the full- 
time Christian ministry. Pastor Ralph 
Colburn's presence and message was a 



to a NewDoy 



home missions 

chain saws, work gloves, water jugs 
and equipment to giub out the under- 
brush and debris on a 1 5-acre tree 
farm, Aiken's church location. The 
brush piled high on Highway 19 South 
was "fruit of the labors" of these 
young people who put in more than 
350 teen-hours on the project. 




dedication to the ministry encouraged 
me, as a teen-ager, to follow the call of 
the Lord into the Christian ministry. 
With energy expended and a 
"ground-breaking" service, the only 
thought could be food-and what can 
you compare a "Brethren Carry-In 
Dinner" to but fun, food and fellow- 
ship. So, at 1 :30 the Brethren gathered 
at the North Aiken Baptist Church for 
the occasion. 

The service to highlight the day was 
the ordination service, around which 
the other services were built. At 2:45 
p.m. that service got underway in the 
North Aiken Baptist Church. Rev. 
Ralph Colburn, Long Beach, Cali- 
fornia, was the ordination speaker. Mr. 
Colburn was the Brethren pioneer to 
Florida, and pastor of the first Florida 
church-at Fort Lauderdale. He intro- 
duced my parents, the G. W. Taylors, 
to the Grace Brethren Church in the 



very significant incident for our family. 
Both Pastor Ralph Colburn and 
Pastor Dean Risser were presented 
as the pastor's pastors. As a fringe 
benefit for Mr. Colburn, the day 
proved to be a mini-reunion when he 
contacted some of his Fort Lauderdale 
Brethren now in the Carolina area and 
they came to share in the day. 

"Aiken Awakens to a New Day" 
Early! The day really started at 4:00 
a.m. when the Osceola, Indiana, 
Bethel Brethren youth group, known 
as the "Banana Bunch," arrived. The 
"Bunch," under the direction of Paul 
and Linda Mutchler, had returned for 
the second time to perform a ministry 
in music and a labor of love toward 
the building project. With a few hours 
sleep, the "Banana Bunch" was ready 
for special music for the morning serv- 
ice and for the fellowship time at 
noon. The day didn't end Sunday 
afternoon for these young people, as 
they went to work the next day with 



The day didn't end for the pastor 
on April 2-for the day began a new 
phase of the work in Aiken and a new 
phase in my life. I was presented the 
challenge to be God's man all my 
ife . . . each and every moment. The 
nstruction still rings clear, "Steve, 
never enter into your pulpit unpre- 
pared. Oh, you may not always have 
been able to spend the time you de- 
sired on a message, but never enter the 
pulpit unless you are prepared in your 
heart." 

Aiken will never awaken lo another 
new day like this one for me and the 
church. To reflect upon it still seems 
like an "impossible dream." There was 
special music, special speakers, special 
events, special guests, and answers to 
special praycrs-likc exceeding a 
$10,000 goal in the offering, direction 
toward property and securing an archi- 
tect, and being able thus far to pay for 
our building as we build. We may ex- 
ceed the record attendance of 167, 
but it could never be the same people. 



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Editor's note: This is the first of a four-part 
series titled "Tliirty Years In Cliristian Edu- 
cation " wliich foeuscs on the Grace Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, California. With the 
rapid growth of education on the local 
church level, this series should serve as an 
inspiration to those who are just beginning 
schools. The author of the series is Donita 

i-Q Dyer, a nicinber of the church featured. 

[~ She is well known to many readers for her 

<u book. Pearl. -C If r 



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Donita Dyer 



"And we know that all things work 
together for good to them that love 
God, to them who are the called ac- 
cording to his purpose. " (Rom, 8:28) 

On that never-to-be-forgotten 
night— Saturday, May 24, 1964— fear 
gripped church congregations and 
clergymen throughout the city of 
Long Beach! 

Morning newspapers had carried un- 
believable headlines: "CHURCH 
ARSONIST STRIKES AGAIN!" Were 
those four words an ominous portent 
of things to come? Concerned citizens 
were shocked to learn that one of the 
city's lovely, historic churches had 
been reduced to rubble and ashes the 
night before. In the preceding three 
weeks, several others had also been 



severely damaged by fire. And the sus- 
pected "altar-arsonist" was still at 
large! The same question raced 
through everyone's mind: Which 
church would be the next target? 

At that time, the First Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, California, was 
pastored by Dr. Charles Mayes. He and 
liis wife Marjorie lived in the parsonage 
across the street, and as tension 
mounted they kept a wary eye on the 
property. At approximately 9:30 p.m., 
our pastor made a thorough check of 
the premises and found nothing ir 
regular. Since all was in readiness for 
the Sunday services, he decided to re- 
tire early. 

But Mrs. Mayes was restless, unable 
to sleep. Several times she slipped out 
of bed and walked to the window, or 



stood on the porch of the parsonage. 
Recalling it now, she says there 
seemed to be an uncanny stillness in 
the air— like the calm before a storm. 
With growing concern, Mrs. Mayes 
scanned the beautiful old building 
across the street. For more than half a 
century it had been a local landmark 
at the comer of Fifth and Cherry 
streets. That night the four-story, 
eighty-room structure and its stately 
palms stood in shadows, but the glow- 
ing cross was starkly silhouetted 
against the sky. The entire scene was 
famOiar and had such a look of perma- 
nence. 

Reluctantly, Mrs. Mayes turned to 
go inside, but the sound of screecliing 
brakes and running footsteps caused 
her to freeze. As she watched, a 
shadowy figure darted toward the 
church, peered through one of the 
windows, then sprinted to a waiting 
car and sped away. Mrs. Mayes rushed 
inside to awaken her husband. 

By the time he dressed and they 
reached the front porch, flames could 
already be seen flashing across the 
sanctuary windows. In a matter of 
minutes, crimson tongues of fire licked 
at the walls and velvet drapes of the 
baptistry, devouring the altar and 
pulpit with great, greedy gulps. Tlieir 
hearts sank at the sight! 

Seconds later the welcome sound of 
sirens cut through the night air. Ap- 
parently the stranger had turned in an 
alarm! But before equipment could be 
put into play, the building was a blaz- 
ing inferno. At times, flames shot 
skyward to a height of 300 feet. They 
could be seen for many miles around 
the city. 

In sturmed silence, Dr. and Mrs. 
Mayes, along with many members of 
our congregation, watched as fire con- 
sumed the church, bit by bit. Hearts 
were heavy, for it was a sickening sight 
to watch. Eventually flames curled 
around the cross, but the words "Jesus 
Saves" were still visible in the fire's 
Uglit. 

The question uppermost in every- 
one's mind was. Why? Why would any- 
one do such a thing? We didn't realize 
it then, but God had good reasons for 
allowing our church to be destroyed— 
reasons we would have cause to praise 
Him for many times in the years 
aliead. 

The faithful few who stayed at the 
parsonage during the all-niglit vigjl 
prayed and sang hymns while firemen 



battled the blaze. Dr. Mayes, smOing 
througli tears, bolstered our faith by 
repeating those encouraging words in 
Romans 8:28: "'And we know that all 
things work together for good . . . ." 
Such optimism was contagious, and 
the congregation responded to his 
leadership in like manner. 

"What men mean for evil, God can 
use for good," our soft-spoken pastor 
told reporters; "They burned our 
building, but not our faith." Wlien 
asked when his congregation would 
begin making plans for reconstruction, 
he answered: "A few of us started at 
12:04 this morning— when the fire was 
first discovered." 

At dawn, all that remained of the 
once-beautiful building was a charred 
skeleton. Most equipment and furnish- 
ings were lost. The pipe organ, along 
with 18 pianos, choir robes, music, 
and the church's library had literally 
gone up in smoke. 

At 6 a.m.. Pastor John, one of Dr. 
Mayes' two sons, asked, "Dad, where 
are we going to hold services today?" 

"In the chapel at Brethren Higli 
School. Where else?" 

One member hurriedly painted a 
sign to post at the old location, others 
made telephone calls, and the local 
radio station put the announcement 
on the air. Soon most of the congre- 
gation had been contacted, and to ac- 
commodate those without transporta- 
tion, a shuttle bus system was hastily 
organized. Within hours, details for the 
transition had all been made. 

Dr. and Mrs. Mayes were weary, 
emotionally drained. It had been a 
long, hard niglit, and while driving to 
the new location they had ample time 
to reflect on the niglit's happenings 
and to think about the future. What 
long-range effect would the fire have? 
Did the congregation care enough to 
drive nine additional miles to the Para- 
mount campus? Wliat if no one came? 

Questions were soon answered. By 
1 1 a.m. the 10-acre plant was a 
beehive of activity. Parking lots were 
jammed. Tire chapel was full and extra 
chairs had to be brought in. In the face 
of such tremendous support, fatigue 
was forgotten. God had answered our 
pastor's prayers! 

Tliat afternoon a challenge was pre- 
sented to our congregation by Rev. 
Howard Mayes— son of our pastor, and 
liimself a graduate of Brethren High. 
Tliere wasn't a dry eye in the audi- 
ence! Souls were saved at that memo- 



rable meeting, and the offering totaled 
some 540,000. Money saved for cars, 
clothes, vacations, new furniture, and 
whatever, was generously given to the 
building fund. Several memorial gifts 
were pledged. One devoted couple 
gave money set aside for remodeling 
their kitchen. And a number of people 
borrowed on life insurance policies. 
Enthusiasm was kindled as quickly as 
flames had been fanned the niglit be- 
fore, and our congregation accepted 
the challenge of I Chronicles 22:10-to 
build a bigger and better church-all to 
the glory of God. 

In the space of a few short hours, 
our church at Fifth and Cherry had 
been destroyed, but we didn't miss a 
meeting. Because dedicated men and 
women had earlier seen the need for 
Christian education, we— the burned- 
out Brethren— had a second home. We 
simply moved in with our offspring. 
Other churches liit by the "altar- 
arsonist" were not so fortunate. 

Due to building restrictions and a 
lack of space, we were not able to re- 
build at the old location. Instead, God 
led us to a new four- and a half-acre 
site at Thirty-sixth and Linden. It was 
then that we realized the fire was 
actually a blessing— because the new 
location enabled our church to double 
in size and to expand our educational 
facilities to include another elemen- 
tary school, as well as a Grace Gradu- 
ate School and Grace Bible Institute. 
Today, 14 years after the fire, Grace 
Brethren Church of Long Beach 
(which was formerly known as First 
Brethren), has one of the largest Chris- 
tian school systems in the United 
States that is owned and operated by a 
single congregation. To God be the 
glory! 

All of tliis has not been without 
sacrifice and struggle. Has it all been 
worthwliile? There are those who 
would emphatically say, "Yes, in- 
deed!" As proof, they miglit call your 
attention to one of the cute, curly- 
haired "cherubs" who started school 
on that first September morning 30 
years ago, That outstanding young 
man— Dr. David Hocking— is now our c? 
beloved pastor! e 

"Train up a child in the way he ™_ 
should go: and when he is old, he will ^ 
not depart from it" (Prov. 22:6). How sr 
faithful God has been througli the 2 
years in keeping that promise. 9. 

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The Grace College Class of 1978, 
with Jerry Hammock as president, pre- 
sented Grace Schools vi/ith a new sign 
as its senior class gift. The structure is 
made of rich red brick and bears at- 
tractive silver lettering. It reads: 
"Grace College and Theological Semi- 
nary. To Know Christ and To Make 
^ Him Known." 

~a) The sign is placed west of the li- 

S^brary, where the first signboard had 

un been located. The previous sign, pre- 

-^ sented by the class of 1955, is being 

^transferred to the hill on the east side 

5 of the library. 

.^ The gift is the most expensive ever 

lO presented by a class at Grace. The 



total cost was $3,300. Under the direc- 
tion of Dr. Stephen Young, the class 
advisor, the seniors raised the majority 
of the funds. They were aided by 
donations from the Women's Faculty 
Club of Grace Schools, the Student 
Senate of Grace College, and from 
memorials to Rev. Samuel Horney, Sr. 
In appreciation, the class presented the 
women's club with a gavel and the 
student senate with a plaque. 

On the side of the sign is placed a 
brass plate which reads: "Given in 
memory of Rev. Samuel Iradell 
Homey, Sr., minister of the Gospel 
and member of the Board of Trustees 
by the College Class of 1978." The 



plate also includes a list of the class 
officers, and is dated May 19. 

Victor DeRenzo, the project chair- 
man, contributed much time and ef- 
fort in raising funds for this gift. The 
class chose its gift last fall. Planning 
and organization began on December 1 
of last year and the sign was com- 
pleted around May 1 of this year. 

Picturedon the cover are the class of- 
ficers, chairpersons, and project chair- 
man: Jerry Hammock, president; 
Annette Blackburn, vice president; 
Karen Stiffler, secretary; Kay Bjur- 
strom, treasurer; Dan Ramsey, chap- 
lain; Scott Franchino and Denise Plas- 
tow, chairpersons; and Victor De- 
Renzo, project chairman. 




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Mrs. William (Mauriiie) Schaffer 
Fenton Holmes 
Elmer T. Smith 
Dr. L. L. Gntbb 

Frederick Rowland 
Paul E. Dorsev 
Ivy O'Neill 
Rev. Sam Hornev 




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Mrs. Emma Kimpel 

Mrs. Bessie M. Smith wick 
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Mr. and Mrs. Chester E. EUiott 

Mrs. Elmer T. Smith 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Taylor 

Mrs. Marian M. Foulk 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Taylor 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kilgore 

Laura A. Hall 

Grace Bible Class, Grace Brethren Church, 

Yakima, Wash. 
Rev. and Mrs. Roland F. DeRenzo 
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Troy, Ohio 
Rev. and Mrs. John Burns 
Miss Evelyn Kohler 
Mr. and Mrs. Neil Paden 

Given by : 

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Memorial gift to Grace Schools, you perpetuate the life and memory of 
that individual through the lives of the more than 1,100 college and semi 
nary students who are receiving a Christ-centered, Biblically oriented cdu 
cation on our campus. 

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day, anniversary, or other important occasion. 

An appropriate card of sympathy or of congratulations will be prompt' 
ly sent to those you designate, without revealing the amount of your gift 

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The new educational addition to 
the Grace Brethren Church of Greater 
Atlanta was recently dedicated to the 
glory of God and to the Christian edu- 
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square-toot unit contains 14 class- 
rooms, a library, a kitchen, restrooms, 
and a mechanical room. Built of con- 
crete block with brick veneer, the 
building was designed to obtain maxi- 
mum use for multiple purposes. Sun- 
day School classrooms can be opened 
to provide space for Christian Day 
School classes which are planned for 
the fall of '78. The upstairs area not 
only provides Sunday School class- 
rooms, but can be opened to a large 
fellowship hall— giving space for com- 
munion services, church fellowship 
meetings, the Awana youth program, 
and teen activities. 

The speaker for the dedication 
service was Rev. Knute Larson, who 
also conducted a Family Life and Love 
Seminar on Friday and Saturday as a 
part of the dedication weekend activi- 
ties. 

During the dedication service, Mr. 
and Mrs. John Motes, charter members 
of the church, were recognized for 
their faithful ministry. They were 
awarded the "Senior Medal Of Minis- 
try." Mr. Motes has served as a trustee 
for eight years, and has given countless 
hours of labor caring for the property, 
as well as in the construction of the 
new building. Mrs. Motes has been 
"mother" to scores of babies during 
the many years that she has directed 
the church nursery program. Although 
the Motes live nearly 15 miles from 
the church, they have carried on their 
ministry regularly and faithfully. 

The congregation has greatly appre- 
ciated the work of Mr. and Mrs. Joe 
Taylor during the construction period. 
Mr. Taylor is a member of the Board 
of Directors of The Brethren Home 
Missions Council who, after having 
worked in his own architectural firm 
in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, felt led of 
the Lord to use his talents in full-time 
Christian service. At that time, the 



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New educational unit is on the right, above. 



Right: Pastor Dean Fetterhoff presents 
plaque honoring Mr. and Mrs. John Motes 
with a "Senior Medal Of Ministry." 

Below, left to right: Pastor Dean Fetterhoff; 
Superintendent of Construction Joe Taylor; 
General Contractor Fred Amacher; and As- 
sociate Pastor Bill Byers. 





Lord led the Taylors to Anderson, 
South Carolina, where Joe acted as 
superintendent in constructing the 
Grace Brethren building there. Upon 
completion of that project, the 
Taylors brought their motor home to 
the Atlanta church where facilities 
were available to park it in the church 
parking lot. Although Joe served as 
superintendent during construction, 
Kay was a real "yokefellow" in the 
work, and both were of great spiritual 
blessing to the church during their stay 



in Atlanta. Because of the diligent 
work of Joe Taylor, many hundreds of 
dollars were saved and the building 
was constructed for just a little over 
$18.50 per square foot. Architectural 
work was done by the Brethren Archi- 
tectural Service and financing was ar- 
ranged through the Brethren Invest- 
ment Foundation. 

Pray for this congregation as they 
seek to use these new facilities in the 
great task of evangelism and church 
growth. 



George, 

remember 

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this week! 




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as we go to press .. . 

Pastor and Mrs. Jerry Young have announced the birth 
of Janae Lyn on March 25. Mr. Young is pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church of Lititz, Pa. 

June 4 was ground-breaking day for Centerville, Ohio. 

Steve Bradley is the new pastor at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Cypress, Calif. 

Mrs. Dottie Ahern has recovered well from her heart 
attack. 

Rev. Leo Polman is again following an active sched- 
ule, but will cut down on his traveling. 

The Grace Brethren Church of Sunnyside, Wash., is 
awaiting the arrival of their new pastor. Rev. 
Charles Thornton, in mid-June. 

Washington, D.C. (EP) — Churches, conventions and 
associations of churches, and church agencies and 
institutions which employ 20 or more persons are 
not exempted from a recently signed federal law ex- 
tending the age for mandatory retirement from 65 to 

70. According to congressional staff members in both the House and Senate, churches 
and church groups are not exempted from the provisions of the law, just as they were 
not exempted from the previous ban against forced retirement before age 65, Congre- 
gations with staffs of 20 or more must comply; the majority of U.S. churches, with 
staffs under 20 employees, are not subject to coverage. The next step, congression- 
al leaders promise, is to seek elimination of any age limit for mandatory retirement, 

Pastor John W. Mayes and a group of 18 people representing Community Grace Brethren 
Church of Whittier and the Fundamental Bible Church of Yucca Valley have just re- 
turned from a profitable two weeks' trip to the Holy Land, Germany and Holland. 

The congregation of the Bethel Brethren Church of Osceola, Ind., plans to purchase 
48 acres of land; and has already paid for the first 11. 

"Family Affair" is the name of a program for junior high school students through 
adults at the Sacramento (Calif.) Grace Brethren Church on June 18-23. During those 
evenings, those who attend will first view a Moody science film and enjoy music; 
then an hour will be spent in elective courses, such as: photography, hair design 
and make-up, women of the Bible, oak wall clocks, bandage rolling, and volleyball. 

San Bernardino, Calif, (EP) — During eight years outside the U.S. as a Black Pan- 
ther fugitive from the law, Eldridge Cleaver said he studied the alternatives and 
declared to 235 editors of the Evangelical Press Association: "There is no compe- 
tition for Christianity," In his keynote address for EPA's thirtieth convention 
May 8-10 at Arrowhead Springs, he said that in Jesus Christ he has found "a satis- 
faction which I wonder if most Christians share," "What I'm worried about is a 
lack of enthusiasm among Christians in America," he said. Cleaver warned the ed- 
itors not to wield their power to demolish people when they attacked ideas. He said 
he held no animosity toward any who might have criticized him too harshly or been 
suspicious of his conversion. Eldridge Cleaver Crusades plans to conduct evange- 
listic missions in San Francisco's inner city which he described as "oozing filth 
through its pores." He is studying the Bible regularly with Pastor Ray Stedman at 
Peninsula Bible Church at Palo Alto, Calif., he said. 



BRETHREN MISSIOhiARY 




Reflections By Still Waters 



l/nnumbered Stamps 
and Ponyless Express 



CO 
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Charles W. Turner 

Editor 

It is Happy Birthday. America time! 
We, as a nation, are moving into the 
third century of our history and it 
would be nice if the skies were un- 
clouded—but not so. This seems to be 
the story of mankind -always seeking 
to find a solution to its self-created 
problems. I am reminded so often of 
the words from the cartoon character, 
Charlie Brown— "We have met the 
enemy and it is us." So it seems that 
sinful mankind is continuing to move 
downward in the problems that it has 
chosen to take upon itself. 

On our 202nd birthday, the candles 
continue to grow in number, but 
whether we as people continue to 
grow in wisdom is in question. We are 
in the midst of an apparent tax rebel- 
lion as our friends in California have so 
clearly demonstrated; and we are in 
the midst of an inflationary spiral as 
the daily newspaper continues to tell 
us. We seem to be bogging down under 
the pressures of our own inventions. 

But not all is dull- there is the daily 
excitement of die postal service and 
the letters from you people who are 
our readers. It is getting a little more 
difficult and expensive for you to 
reach us and for us to reach you. But 
you keep trying, and we promise to do 
our best. I think the symbol of all our 
frustration is those new unnumbered 
stamps we are sending to each other. 
The symbol tells that we do not know, 
nor did the government itself know, 
what stamps to print. I understand 
they had 16-cent stamps printed: and, 
just in case, they used the letter "A" 
to stand for any other number which 
would be the price of the new postage. 




This seems to bother a lot of people. 
It all happened on the wrong day for 
me, because the day of the postage 
increase I received a letter confirming 
a meeting which I had already at- 
tended in Ohio 12 days before. The 
pastor had sent the schedule for the 
service and some information to me by 
first class mail— and 21 days later, it 
completed the 250-mile trip. The 
pony-less express had accomplished 
the project once more. 

So go the frustrations of life— 
whether it is infiation, the postal sei^/- 
ice, the tax revolt or a hundred other 
personal problems in hfe. Without the 
presence of faith in the personal life, 
there can be some very unhappy living. 
God sent His Son, Jesus, to meet and 
help us overcome the problems of life. 
The greatest problem of all is the one 
that involves personal sin and condem- 
nation—and this can only be met 
through the provision of the shed 
blood of Christ. After salvation and 
new birth, then there is the provision 
on the part of God to help us meet the 
difficulties of time. Again, faith is the 
key to it all. 

The Word of God tells us that full 
provision for life and godliness are 
available through the help of God and 
the teachings of the Scripture. The 



circumstances of life do not have to 
control us. Rather, we, as we are 
yielded to die will of God, should 
overcome the circumstances. All too 
often we permit the things of this life 
to shape our lives. We then conform to 
the circumstances rather tlian having 
our lives shaped by truth of the Scrip- 
ture. 

Certainly it is true that every day 
brings its difficulties and uncertainties. 
There is nothing perfect in this world, 
but God. Some days the car will not 
start, or the mail is delayed, or the 
children do everything wrong, or it is 
too hot or too cold, or too wet or too 
dry. Maybe it was the item we pur- 
chased yesterday that went on sale to- 
day, or the object we planned to buy 
last week and delayed till this week— 
and now it is up two more dollars. 
There is the problem of the county, 
the state and the nation -they all seem 
to be out of proportion. And it is 
Happy Birthday, America time— again. 
So what do I do? Yes, unfortunately I 
complain along with you. But what I 
need to do is what God told me to 
do-to pray for leaders and those in 
authority in order that we might lead 
peaceful and quiet lives in Christ 
Jesus. 



«-rU V t n ' A harbor scene along the 
New England coastline. (Photo by H. Arm- 
strong Roberts) 



reported in the herald 

35 Years Ago- 1943 

The Brethren of Winona Lake are pro- 
ceeding to look forward to an organi- 
zation of a church this fall .... Dr. L. 
S. Bauman is observing his thirtietli 
anniversary in the Christian ministry 
this year. 

15 Years Ago- 1963 

Kenneth Russell was ordained to the 
Christian ministry at Berne, Indi- 
ana .... The Alan Schlatter and Dave 
Seifert Team is working under the 
direction of the Board of Evangelism. 

5 Years Ago- 1973 

Akron (EUet), Ohio, dedicated their 
newly remodeled church building .... 
Rev. Dean Fetterhoff accepted a call 
to the Atlanta, Georgia, church. 



Volume40 Number 12 July 1,1978 

Published on the first and fifteenth of 
each month (except— one issue only in the 
months of April, August and December) by 
The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 
P. O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Printed by BMH Printing 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 

Artist, Jane Fretz 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 
Pastor Knute Larson, Ed Lewis, Ginny 
Toroian. Foreign l\/!issions: Rev. John 
Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 
Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer. M/MC; Linda 
Hoke. 

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contents 

4 BUT GOD GAVE THE INCREASE 

O AMPS FOR AFRICA 

10 WHAT'S HAPPENING, PUERTO RICO? 

14 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

17 THE IMAGE OF YOUR CHURCH 

18 MORE MINUTE CONVERSATIONS WITH 
BIRTHDAY MISSIONARIES 

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• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • BMH News Report 1 2 • 
• As We Go to Press ... 24 • 



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Dear Brother Turner: 

Today we received the Herald for May and upon reading the last 
page, I was shocked at what I saw and it appeared like you and the Her- 
ald were backers. I'm referring to the item reading "Christian school 
associations are urging concerned people to write to their congressmen 
asking for support of bill H.R. 3946— Tuition Ta.x Credit for parents 
with children attending parochial schools and private colleges." If I am 
advised from the riglit source, this is what Catholics have been trying to 
get thru" for a long time, at least "Separation of Church and Slate 
Magazine" has been full of it for the past number of years and rightful- 
ly they are. I don't know what all this bill contains but on the surface, 
at least to me, it adds up to me paying over S400 taxes on my home; a 
great portion of it going to maintain our higli school and then help 
maintain a Catholic high school out of the other taxes I pay, or at least 
take the burden off because they want to maintain their own schools. 

I am all for Christian schools-we have a number of our church chil- 
dren at our own local church who attend, but why add an additional 
tax burden when most of us have a load to carry already? I ain definite- 
ly against such a move for I feel there is a way to do it otherwise if our 
masterminds in Washington would seek out a better way. 

Is this bill saying that my grandchildren can get a four-year schooling 
in Grace and their daddy deduct their tuition off his income tax; their 
tuition paid from my income tax. NO WAY; NO WAY. . . . Ohio 






foreign missions 






Eduardo Coria 






As 1 walked slowly out of the ceme- 
tery, I could not keep from asking 
God, "Why? Why?" Just a few mo- 
ments earlier, we had left the small 
body of httle Mariano there in the 
heart of the earth. Next to me, his 
parents, Juan and Andrea, walked 
sOently through the winter drizzle 
which continued to spread its cold 
blanket on the scenery. 

Why. why, why, Lord, did you take 
little Mariano? He was only three years 
old! But this question had an answer, 
as do all other questions wliich are on 
a collision course with God's glorious 
decrees. That morning was not the end 
of a story, but rather one faithful step 
in the lives of Andrea and Juan. And 
that question was to transform itself 
into a continuous "glory to God" be- 
cause ". . . all things work together for 
good to them that love God . . . ." 

Really, this story began 20 years 
ago. Tlie year 1957 found Solon Hoyt 
and his family dedicated to establish- 
ing a new work in Don Bosco, a su- 
burb of Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
Among the chOdren who made up the 
Sunday School, was Juan Romero. His 
grandmother had been the first person 
baptized in the new church in Don 
Bosco. Juan lived v^dth his grand- 
parents and his two sisters because his 
parents were not fit to be such. He 
attended Sunday School and even 
some of the other meetings. 

For five years, Juan attended Sun- 
day School. By nature a timid child, 
he never stood out in that group of 
children, but his mind was being indel- 
ibly imprinted with marks by the 
Great Potter. These imprints would 
someday bring fruit unto eternal life. 
Funny thing, out of all the many 
things that he heard in the children's 
class, he retained a clear memory of a 
verse which Mr. Hoyt used in a preach- 
ing service. The phrase, "What shall it 
profit a man if he should gain the 
whole world and lose his soul?" (cf. 
Matt. 16:26) kept flashing back to his 
mind, and thus this "thrust of the 
sword of the Spirit" kept pricking his 
conscience for 1 5 years. 



Along with the Bible teacliing, the 
poetry and music of the hymns were 
having a place in his memory and life. 
"Are you washed in the blood of the 
Lamb?" "My heart was black with 
sin," and others remained in liis 
memory. Any who believe that music 
is not a precious instrument in God's 
hands ought to know Juan personally! 

However, after tlve years of attend- 
ing the Don Bosco congregation, 
Juan's grandmother moved to another 
town not very far from Don Bosco, 
but definitely far for them, because 
they did not have the means to pay 
the transportation costs on the bus. 
Thus. Juan disappeared for five years. 
He reached adolescence and he made a 
whole set of unsaved friends. Juan was 
very talented at soccer and that began 
to take up most of his life. The pastors 
who succeeded Mr. Hoyt always got 
the same answer from Juan when they 
went to visit: "I don't have the time. 
Maybe some other time. . . ." FinaUy 
the visits became less frequent— then 
ended. And Juan Romero became one 
of the many Sunday School dropout 
statistics. However, he himself says, 
"Once in a while I would remember 
the things I had heard. The Lord was 
always there." 

In 1968, he met Andrea, and a year 
later they were married. Since Andrea 
was very Catholic, naturally they were 
married in the Catholic church. In 
Argentina, the marriage ceremony is 
legally done before a magistrate ap- 
pointed by the government. This 
"first" marriage is usually followed by 
a church wedding— a religious cere- 
mony which has no legal value, but 
which is traditional and very deeply 
rooted in the national culture. 

Even before the church wedding, 
the very night of the civil ceremony, 
Juan and Andrea had their first big 
fight. At the wedding feast— the recep- 
tion—Juan hit Andrea right in front of 
all the guests! Can you imagine how 
the marriage continued? Naturally, it 
worsened. In 1971, Javier was born; a 
year later, Patricia; and in 1973, Ma- 
riano. But the arrival of these children 



only slowed the process of deteriora- 
tion by a very little bit. 

Juan returned on two occasions to 
the Don Bosco church. The first time 
it was a Thursday night— and there 
were no services held on Thursdays. 
The second time he returned was in 
1975, when he was in the adult Sun- 
day School class. When the service 
ended, he immediately left without 
speaking to anyone. There was a 
reason for his lack of desire to com- 
municate. It was an extremely power- 
ful reason— a satanic influence. Even 
before they were married, Juan and 
Andrea contacted a spiritist practi- 
tioner. They went there upon recom- 
mendation of a relative, who said that 
diey should go to her to be freed from 
an "evil" from wliich they were suffer- 
ing. Witchcraft is really quite common 
in Argentina. Although it is unlawful, 
witchcraft is deeply rooted in all levels 
of society, even the highest society. 
Therefore, it was not considered un- 
usual for Juan and Andrea to go and 
consult this witch. After they were 
married, they continued going to con- 
sult her. Andrea often says that one of 
her greatest fears at tliis time was that 
this woman should die. "If she should 
die," she reasoned, "whom would I 
consult?" 

This woman put them in contact 
with a male witch who was trained in 
the Satanic arts of the Macumba group. 
He also promised to free them of their 
"evUs." It is interesting to note that 
this man taught them to repeat certain 
words when they felt bothered by this 
evil. They did not know what these 
words meant. Could they have been 
the names of certain demons? Or 
could they have been formulas of 
black magic? We do not know, but of 
one thing we are sure— and that is that 
this was just one more of the fetters 
wliich they had unvidttingly allowed to 
shackle them. 

On a certain occasion, Juan men- 
tioned that he would like to return to 
the church. That was in 1972. But 
since they never did anything without 
consulting with the witch, they went 





to her to ask her counsel. Obviously, 
she told them not to dare go to the 
church because "they will fill your 
head with funny ideas!" How power- 
fiil was the hand of Satan that he had 
the power to make the redeeming mes- 
sage of Jesus Christ seem funny or 
strange to his subjects! The prophet 
put it this way: "They will call bad 
things good, and good things bad." 

But God began to show His saving 
power in strange ways. In March of 
1976, Juan's father died. When Juan 
went to teO the witch about his 
father's death, she only commented, 
"I already knew it." How did she 
know? Nobody had given her the 
news! Juan reflected, "Why couldn't 
she do anything to help my father?" 
This question began to cause the light 
to dawn in his heart and he began to 
see things in a different hght. The 
witch counseled Juan to go and "talk" 
to his father. He spent a large sum of 
money — which he really did not 
have— to have a monument built for 
his father in the cemetery. There he 
would ask, "How are you, Dad? 
Where are you. Dad?" Of course he 
did not receive any answers. Despera- 
tion caused him to cry out at his dad's 
tomb one day, "Lord, I want to know 
what I must do, where I must go to 
find peace." Upon his return to his 
home, he dug out an old Bible and 
began to thread his way back to the 
road he had left 1 5 years before. 

"Andrea, 1 want to return to 
church." She did not believe him. 
Really, their marriage was in such bad 
shape that she did not believe anything 
he said anymore. But Juan returned to 
the church and accepted the Lord in 
April of 1976. And there another 
battle with Andrea began, this time a 
spiritual one. 

Andrea was a devout Catholic. This 
would seem to contradict the fact that 
they were so tied into spiritism and 
superstition. However, we must not 
forget that Catholicism in Argentina 
admits and in some cases even defends 
a certain amount and type of supersti- 
tion. Therefore, when Juan was saved. 



her attitude was "let him go his way 
and I'll go mine." But God had also 
looked with favor upon her, and He 
reached her heart through a series of 
"coincidences." Of course, we know 
they were not coincidences, but just a 
few of the links in the chain of love of 
the Lord in His search for her. Juan's 
violent character began to show a 
marked change, but Andrea refused to 
admit that God was working in his life. 
She still felt that if Juan wanted to go 
to church, that was alright with her, 
but that was not for her. He insisted, 
and one day she said, "If I'm supposed 
to go to church, God will tell me." 
And God did tell her! It was in a very 
strange way, but he told her nonethe- 
less. 

Returning from the store one day, 
Andrea unwrapped the eggs she had 
bought and noticed the paper in which 
they had been wrapped. It was a page 
from a popular magazine with a large 
circulation in Argentina. The lines 
which were printed there were from 
Hebrews 10:25, "Not forsaking the as- 
sembling of ourselves together, as the 
manner of some is . . . ." She immedi- 
ately looked it up in Juan's Bible. 
After laboriously searching for the 
reference, God told her! She promised, 
"All riglit, I'll go to church— but if I 
don't like it, I'm not going back!" 

The first time Andrea went to the 
services with Juan, he was thrilled. 
Finally she was coming with him! 
Andrea was serious, poker faced, and 
answered in monosyllables. She read 
the hymnbook while the pastor 
preached. 

One Sunday evening when they re- 
turned home from church, they turned 
on the TV and on came the Billy Gra- 
ham crusade. The preacher was saying, 
"Take your husband's hand and pray 
together." Andrea did it, but did not 
really make a firm decision. She wasn't 
quite ready yet. 

The next battle was Juan's offer- 
ings. She would not let him tithe. "We 
have so many needs, we can hardly 
make it as it is. There are others who 
can give much better than we can," 



Andrea gave as excuses. However, the 
God of "coincidences" brought an- 
other magazine into her hands. This 
was a Christian magazine and it was 
speaking of tithing. Andrea reacted 
differently to this; "If everything be- 
longs to God, why not give Him 
some?" So she said Juan could give. 

Then came the matter of idolatry. 
Every night, Andrea would light a 
candle to Saint Catherine. She had 
images distributed all through the 
house. Several times she had made the 
pilgrimage to Lujan, a city in Buenos 
Aires where there is a famous Catholic 
shrine to the Virgin of Lujan which is 
supposed to be miraculous. Once she 
climbed up the many, many steps to 
the image on her knees. On another 
occasion, she cut off all her hair and 
took it as a gift to the Virgin. 

There was also the problem of fear. 
She lived in fear. She couldn't live 
without her pills. The relationship 
with her husband, the strong ties with 
witchcraft and superstition, and many 
other things carried her to the brink of 
a total nervous collapse. She couldn't 
even sleep with the liglits out! She 
trembled in storms. Darkness terrified 
her. 

But God was also there-the God of 
the impossible. On a Wednesday eve- 
ning, she decided to go to church 
alone. Juan stayed at home to take 
care of the three children while 
Andrea went to the Bible study. That 
was September of 1976. Six months 
had gone by since Juan's conversion. I 
had the Bible study that evening and 
never said a single word concerning 
what it meant to give oneself to Christ. 
After all, this was a Bible study, not an 
evangelistic service. But Andrea was 
saved that night! Glory to God! She 
didn't say anything to us that evening, _^ 
but when she got home she told Juan, F 
"I accepted the Lord. I don't know<_ 
how to explain it, but I accepted the ^ 
Lord!" Juan was watching a soccers' 
match. Boca and River were playing 5 
and that's like watching the Yankees — 
and the Rangers. Juan was so absorbed _ 
in the game and so oblivious to what 3 



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Juan and Andrea Romero and their children: Javier, Patricia, Israel 



Andrea was saying, that he hardly even 
noticed her words at first. But a little 
later, in snatclies, haltingly, Andrea 
told Juan the greatest news of her life, 
"1 accepted Jesus!" 

During her first Communion Serv- 
ice, Andrea described the moment of 
her conversion. "It was as if all of a 
sudden, everytliing was filled with 
liglit. All the darkness of superstition 

Kjis gone, the fear, the life of sin, of 

!^ family conflicts is passed away. All is 

f full of liglit." 

^ In December of 1976, Juan and 
-^y Andrea Romero were baptized. What a 

"o glorious moment for them— and for us 

0»who had the privilege of seeing them 
"^be born and grow at fantastic rates in 

Othe things of God. But the trials began 



to come. Relatives declared war on 
them. They ostracised them. They ridi- 
culed them, But Christ continued to 
be the most important in their lives. 
They had the opportunity to prove it 
when the Lord took Mariano. 

After a short illness, Mariano 
Romero went to be with the Lord. It 
is very common in Argentina for the 
relatives and friends to stay awake all 
night near the place where the corpse 
has been placed. Do you know what 
Juan and Andrea did that long winter 
night of June? Tliey evangelized their 
famUy! They spoke to all of their rela- 
tives about Christ. Juan told one of his 
sisters, "1 know why you're crying, 
you're crying because you'll never see 
Mariano again. If you want to see 



Mariano, you must receive Christ into 
your heart." 

Someone tried to "comfort" An- 
drea; "Why would God take your 
child? There are so many old people 
around who are no good for anything. 
He should have taken one of them, not 
Mariano." Andrea answered: "God 
isn't a garbage can to throw our waste 
into. God took the best we had, and 
it's OK with us." Wliat faith! What vic- 
tory! 

That is why I said that the morning 
in the cemetery was not the end, but 
just another step in the growth of Juan 
and Andrea. On that day, and ever 
since, they have put into practice what 
they learned in the short time as new 
Christians. Many have heard of Christ 



foreign missions 



A Statement on BEST 



John Zielasko 

Last year the Brethren Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society entered into a joint 
evangelical seminary project in Africa 
because of a conviction that such a 
program is desperately needed by the 
church. When one considers the fabu- 
lous growth of the church on that con- 
tinent, one realizes that it is imperative 
that well-trained leaders be prepared 
to indoctrinate new believers and to 
guide the church through the treacher- 
ous waters, laboring to keep her true 
to Christ and the Scriptures. 

BEST Seminary, with the help of 
our missionaries, and the good will and 
cooperation of the emperor, Jean 
Bodell Bokassa, was located in Bangui. 
It was to be a graduate school at semi- 
nary level wliich would serve all of 
French-speaking Africa. The African 
Brethren Church was delighted to have 
this tower of evangelical strength in 
her midst; and Christians from Ger- 
many, Canada, and the United States 
began to make financial contributions 



toward the construction of the school. 
Thus, this prodigious project began; 
land was cleared and building began to 
appear on the property. The school 
was plagued with the normal problems 
of construction, but even so, it ad- 
vanced more quickly then most 
imagined. In the beginning, our Board 
had some misgivings concerning weak- 
nesses in the proposed statement of 
faith issued by the school. Tliis was 
corrected and approved by the teach- 
ers in the school, but no adequate 
statement of faith was ever prepared 
and adopted by the African Board of 
Governors. Nevertheless, since some 
lessons are learned only through ex- 
perience, we had higli hopes that tliis 
school would prove to be the answer 
to Africa's need. 

BEST Seminary began the year 
with 19 students, and almost immedi- 
ately ran into trouble. At the moment. 
Dr. Don Hocking, our missionary on 
loan to the school, has resigned. Pierre 
Yougouda, a member of the Board, 



will also resign if matters are not 
cleared up shortly. The issues revolve 
around the administration of the 
school and certain practices that com- 
promise its position doctrinally. 

The situation is not hopeless, and 
corrective action taken by the Board 
of Governors in Africa could get the 
school back on the riglit track again. 
To this end we are praying and work- 
ing. 

1 am a member of the Africa Com- 
mittee composed of men of other mis- 
sion boards working in Africa. Tliese 
are all conservative mission organi/,a- 
tions with doctrinal statements similar 
to our own. They, too, would be dis- 
pleased to have the school proceed in 
its present direction. The committee 
recently assured the Board of Gover- 
nors of its concern and of its desire to 
see the matter dealt with immediately. 
Tlierefore, we are requesting your 
prayers as all those responsible for the 
well-being of the school meet to deter- 
mine its destiny. 



and have come to know Him through 
their personal witness. The Don Bosco 
church has had an impact made upon 
it. and it has been brought back to life 
through their testimony. 

The greatest joy for Juan and An- 
drea now would be to see the forma- 
tion of a church in their home. We are 
praying for that, are seeing the Lord 
open doors so that we can begin a 
chapel in their neighborhood— maybe 
in the Romero home. Won't you pray 
that this will become a reality? Juan 
told me recently, "Oh, that God 
would help us to open a work here, in 
Quilmes Oeste." Will you pray, so that 
we might soon see a Brethren church 
in Quilmes Oeste? 

When Mr. Hoyt began the work 
here in Don Bosco, he never imagined 
that it would bring forth this late fruit. 
But here it is. The glory must go to 
God, but also there should be a word 
of recognition to missionaries such as 
Solon Hoyt and to the missionary 
society who sent them to Argentina— 
and to you for praying and giving for 
the missionary work. Juan and Andrea 
are yours to a certain extent, also! 



FMS editor's note: Eduardo Coria is 
having a very blessed ministry as the 
pastor of the Don Bosco, Buenos 
Aires, church. His talents, thoroughly 
dedicated to the Lord, are a wonderful 
asset to the growth of the church. 
However, all of his duties as pastor are 
done on a part-time basis since he 
works full time at a Christian record- 
ing studio to support himself Pray 
tltat God will provide means through 
the national church for the pastors' 
salaries so they can devote their full 
time to the ministry of the Word. 





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It t6ok months for our pioneer mis- 
sionaries to reach their destination of 
Africa. Today, we can reach the Cen- 
tral African Empire in a little over 24 
hours. That's progress! 

Traveling by automobile from one 
station to the other takes hours over 
rugged, dusty and, many times, muddy 
roads. Today, the MAP plane can 
make these trips in much less time. 
That's progress! 

Before Al and Elsie Balzer went to 
the field, missionaries were building 
their own homes. Al and his crew be- 
gan to build permanent houses with 
electricity and bath facilities. That's 
progress! But because of limited 
materials, he could give them only a 
minimum of service. 

Today, our missionaries are still 
Mving with the same inadequate elec- 
trical wiring. That's not progress! Yet, 
soon they will be receiving three new 
generators. The existing wiring is not 
adequate to balance the load properly. 



and is not properly protected to utilize 
a new generating plant. What can be 
done? 

Mr. Roy 0. Hinger, an electrical 
contractor from Whittier, California, 
and his wife, Eloise, have been ap- 
proved by Brethren Foreign IVlissions 
to go to the Central African Empire in 
1979 to rework the present electrical 
systems. The Community Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Whittier is supplying 
their transportation needs as they go 
on a self-supporting basis. 

However, monies are needed for 
materials, shipping, and costs. The 
"Amps for Africa" project fund is in 
need of $25,000. This amount is 
needed so the Hingers can successfully 
rework the electrical systems. 

How did the Hingers become in- 
volved in this project? Listen to them 
as they tell their story: 

In 1974, our daughter, Debra Ann, 
was selected to go to the Central Afri- 
can Empire under the TIME program. 
The life style there would be no great 



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shock to her because we Iwd raised her 
with experiences which paved the way. 
When the children were very young, 
we started taking them camping to our 
cabin in Colorado where it was almost 
like living in the "bush" It was very 
isolated. 

During the 27 years timt we liave 
been members of the Community 
Grace Brethren Church of Whittier, we 
have been entertaining our mission- 
aries home on furlougli It was at our 
Missionary Conference in 1977 that 
we made a special point to invite the 
ones who fiad been with Debra in Afri- 
ca. Jake and Freda Kliever were two 
with whom Debra had a close relation- 
ship. Roy asked Jake if there would be 
anyplace where his talent with elec- 
trical matters could be used. The im- 
mediate response was "Yes, indeed!" 
Later, when Marvin and Dorothy 
Goodman attd Al and Elsie Balzer were 
our guests, we asked them the same 
question. The answer was identical to 
Jake 's. 

They suggested that Roy take a trip 
to the CAE and survey the situation in 
order to get a workable knowledge of 
the needs there. Martin Garber was 
contacted to give Roy a firsthand re- 
port of the situation, and Roy flew to 
Modesto to meet with Martin. The 
time of the departure was set just eight 
months from the conception of the 
idea. 

In 1974, when Debra went to the 
field, a visa was not necessary to enter 
the CAE, so we made all of the ar- 
rangements this time just as we had for 
her. Just two days before departure, 
Al Balzer asked Roy if he had a visa. 
Wliat? No, he didn't fiave a visa. No 
one was aware tliat he had to have a 
visa. The flights were already sched- 
uled, bags were packed with 235 




pounds of electrical equipment, and 
the word was go . . . no time to stop! 
The motto was "Have faith, will 
travel!" 

We feel certain the Lord permitted 
this blunder. He showed us His power 
again and again. When Roy was en 
route, a prayer clwin was in session. 
God answered over and above our 
prayers. Roy got into the country with 
a temporary visa and didn't have to 
pay one cent of customs on all of that 
electrical equipment in his suitcases. 
That was a sign that the Lord was in- 
volved in the plans from the very be- 
ginning. While in Africa, much was ac- 
complished to aid the stations until 
our return. 

We look back over the years and 
realize that not only was God prepar- 
ing our daughter for her year of serv- 
ice, but through her mission with 
TIME, a spark was ignited within our 
hearts. Tliis spark grew to a flaming 
desire to offer wliat talent we have to 
the Lord for His use in the last days 
before we permanently retire to be 
with the Lord. 

We praise the Lord for opportunity 
that has been given us to serve under 
the Foreign Missionary Society in this 
capacity. We are confident that we are 
not going to Africa on man's visa, but 
on God's His visa is Victory In Serving 
Abroad, and we know that there will 
be no obstacle too great for us to 
hurdle. 

So, we have found ourselves retired 
with an opportunity presenting itself 
to be of service in a way we never 
dreamed possible. Due to a substantial 
retirement, it is not necessary for us to 
have to be supported while we are in 
Africa, Our home church lias budgeted 
our travel expenses. Therefore, all 
money designated for the "Amps for 



Africa" project will go solely for the 
materials, shipping, and costs. We esti- 
mate $25,000 to be the amount - 
which is almost the cost of buying it in 
Africa. By buying it in the United 
States and shipping it, we can be as- 
sured of liavi?ig all the materials that 
are needed to do the job properly. 

So, the Hingers are preparing to go 
to Africa. When the materials have ar- 
rived, cleared customs, and are at their 
prospective locations, the Hingers will 
set a definite date to leave for the 
CAE. The work will probably take six 
months to one year to complete. 

What exactly will be done? Quite a 
lot! The existing missionary residences 
will be rewired with new circuit break- 
er panels installed. Extra overhead 
lines will be put in to give better cir- 
cuitry to the various buOdings. Liglit- 
ning arresters will be installed with 
proper grounding to eliminate the pos- 
sibility of damage to the system. The 
motor houses wUl be rewired to get rid 



of the open, unprotected wiring. 
Dghts, outlets, and switches will be 
added. Also, the existing school build- 
ings and store rooms wiU be rewired. 

The present system gives light when 
needed, but gives a lot of trouble that 
is not needed. Many hours are spent in 
locating problems, especially after an 
electrical storm. The Lord has blessed 
this initial wiring and it has lasted 
many years beyond its capability to 
give good service. 

Our missionaries liave been edu- 
cated for a specific purpose, not to be 
"Jacks-o fall-trades" or "Mr. Fix-its." 
Tlieir time is much too valuable to 
liave to worry about the electrical wir- 
ing. We hope we can remedy that. 

As we prepare to leave, we know: 
"Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and 
the power, and the glory, and the vic- 
tory, and the majesty: for all that is in 
the heaven and in the earth is thine; 
thine is the kingdom, Lord, and 
thou art exalted as head above all. 
Both riches and honour come of thee, 
and thou reignest over all; and in thine 
hand is power and might; and in thine 
liand it is to make great, and to give 
strength unto all" (I Chron. 29:11-12). 

Roy and Eloise Hinger are excited 
to serve the Lord in this worthwhile 
project. Are you interested and ex- 
cited? There is a need of $25,000 for 
this electrical project. Contributions 
marked "Amps for Africa" can be 
given through your local church or can 
be sent to the Foreign Missionary 
Society of the Brethren Church, P.O. 
Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 
46590. Help give light and electricity 
to the missionaries as they give the 
Light to others. 



R oy Hinger and his wife, 

E loise, have been approved by the FMS 

T o go to the Central African Empire 

I n 1979 "for the purpose of 

R eworking the 

E lectrical systems." 

D estination: Yalol<e, Bata, and Bougila 

T ransportation and support provided 
O ther needs: Prayer and praise partners 

S hipping of freight $ 5,000 

E lectrical materials $10,000 

R outine costs-customs 100%. $10,000 

V isas (this time, for sure!) -0- 

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A new missionary family has ar- 
rived in Puerto Rico-the Norman 
Schroci<s. In the short time they have 
been in Puerto Rico, many exciting 
possibilities and ministries have pre- 
sented themselves for Norman and 
Claudia. 

The Lord has worked out many de- 
tails, large and small, for them. For ex- 
ample, they were able to move into a 
three-bedroom home the very day 
they arrived! Norman can best de- 
scribe what is happening on that tiny 
island in the Caribbean: 

Greetings from the land of hot sun- 
shine and eool breezes- Puerto Rieo! 
Arriving on Jaimary 14, we came 
thinking tliat the temperatures were in 
the low 8()s, hut in the following two 
months we experienced record highs 
for the season in the high 80s and low 
90s with a humidity percentage of 
above 50. But in spite of this "bad 
weather, "we have adjusted pretty well. 

Maybe you would like to know 
what we are doing. Well, first of all, 
Claudia, the housewife-mother, is kept 
very busy with our two children. Peter 
is three years old and is full of energy, 
questions, and curiosity. Caryn. our 
tcn-month-old daughter, scoots around 
in her walker and is learning tlmt there 
are certain things she is not to touch. 
She is eating baby foods and is letting 
Dad and Mom know tltat there are 
some foods fliat don't impress her. 
And, of course, I also keep Claudia 



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busy-giving her work, as a typical hus- 
band does. 

Claudia is presently learning Span- 
ish. But her lack of Spanish fluency 
lias not stopped her from doing some 
work with the women of the ehurck 
She is doing some sewing and macrame 
with the women. This is helping her 
get to know them as well as opening 
up doors of opportunities for out- 
reach. Pray for the beginning of a 
women 's work. Mavbe a Puerto Rican 
WMC. 

As for myself, I have done some 
evaluation and investigation of the 
island. I have talked with the leaders 
of other missions and with the na- 
tional pastors of other denominations 
to find out wliat their thinking and 
goals are for the island. P^om this in- 
vestigation will come the strategy of 
our work in Puerto Rico. After this 
work is done, J will liave a conference 
with the main office of Brethren For- 
eign Missions. From that conference 
we will set forth our strategy and will 
then proceed to do our work. 

We know wliat our purpose is on 
the island. It is to train the present 
leadership to lead the church planting 
program. The present problem is how 
we should do it. Methods are many, 
but the correct method narrows down 
to one. What is it? Is it through a semi- 
nary-Bible institute program, or is it 
through a seminary extension pro- 
gram-where the missionary goes to 
the home of the learning leaders? 
Maybe it is a combination of these. 

During the talks tlmt I liave had 
with leaders of other denominations, I 
liave found tlmt some of them Imve 
given way to liberalism just for the 
sake of allowing their men to get a de- 



Rico? 



gree. A liberal seminary of an ecumeni- 
cal effort has been established, and so 
you find teachers in the seminary who 
have graduated from other liberal 
schools in the United States. They do 
not teach the verbal and plermry in- 
spiration of Scripture. If our leaders 
were taught this way, it would mean 
disaster for our work in Puerto Rico. 
This is a compromise tlmt we cannot 
afford to allow. Our motto is: "The 
Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing 
but the Bible." Pray that we might 
Imve the wisdom from the Lord to de- 
cide on the right methods- or in other 
words, the right strategy. 

At the present time, we Imve a few 
men who have shown some interest in 
being trained for the ministry. We 
hope to get them excited and, in turn, 
Imve them build churches tlmt will 
produce more leaders. 

Because of the economic setup in 
Puerto Rico, we have laymen licensed 
to serve as elders in cimrge of the 
work. The church is looking forward 
to being able to support their pastor 
on a full-time basis. Meanwhile, we 
work with the elders after they Imve 
already put in a full day 's work. 

Let me tell you what is being done 
right now. At the present time, there is 
one Brethren church in San Juan, 
Puerto Rico. This is the work and ef- 
fort of the Brennemans. Max and 
Elaine Brenneman have been in the 
work on the island for 18 years. Dur- 
ing these years, they have been co- 
operating with Brethren Foreign Mis- 
sions. The church's ministry continues 
in a manner similar to Brethren 
churches on the mainland-with regu- 
lar services, youth work, visitation, 
and counseling opportunities. The 
present pastor is a young man who 
grew up in the church. Mr. Brenneman 
Imd to leave the ministry because of 
failing health. 

We are cooperating with the San 
Juan church. Through them we have 
been able to get a new Bible class go- 
ing in the town of Mayaguez located at 
the other end of the island. This class 
started on March 29. There is a couple 
from the San Juan church who are at- 



foreign missions 

tending the University of Puerto Rico 
branch in Mayagiiez and it is through 
them tliat we liave this Bible class. 

This church is largely an English- 
speaking work. The Schrocks will be 
working to begin Spanish-speaking 
ministries. The Brethren Church has 
not had a totally Spanish-speaking 
ministry in Puerto Rico for 10 years. 
The Schrocks plan to take care of 
that! 

The Puerto Ricans do speak some 
English, but Spanish is the main lan- 
guage. It is good to speak some English 
since there are many American tourists 
who visit there. Selling things to these 
tourists is a big part of business. Still, 
only one-third of the people speak 
English. 

Puerto Rico was inhabited by Taino 
Indians of the Arawak culture when 
Columbus, on his second voyage to the 
New World, discovered it on Novem- 
ber 19, 1493. One of his companions. 
Ponce de Leon, returned 15 years later 
to colonize the island. Ponce founded 
the first settlement, Caparra, south of 
a great bay. This settlement was later 
moved to the present site of Old San 
Juan. 

Ponce had grand ideas. He erected 
many buildings, one of which was a 
huge stone palace called the Casa 
Blanca. It is right next to the big for- 
tress on the bay, and you can visit it 
even now, as it still stands. 

The Spanish people who traveled to 
Puerto Rico were mostly blonds, and 
some brought black slaves with them. 
There was still a large number of In- 
dians living on the island, also. Today, 
there is a mixture of people: 65 per- 




cent are white of European descent 
(mainly Spanish); 30 percent are mu- 
latto; and 5 percent are black. No pure 
Taino Indians live in Puerto Rico to- 
day because they either moved from 
the island when the Spaniards arrived, 
or were absorbed into the mulatto 
group. 

The present population is about 3.2 
million, with a density of about 938 
people per square mile. 

Because of Puerto Rico's strategic 
location at the gate to Spain's Latin 
American Empire, it played a crucial 
role in defending that empire against 
competing European powers. In 1898, 
Spain ceded the island to the United 
States, Puerto Ricans becoming U.S. 
citizens in 191 7. 

The island became a Common- 
wealth voluntarily associated with the 
United States in 1952. This happened 




A ministry among the deaf is flourishing in Puerto Rico. 



by a compact approved by Congress 
and by Puerto Ricans at the polls. 

The courage of the Conquistadores, 
the confluence of the European cul- 
ture, the strength and soul of Africa, 
and the mysticism and art of the Taino 
Indians combine to make the colorful 
heritage of this island where the 
Schrocks are ministering. 

/ was introduced to the island by 
the Brennemans when they were in the 
states during national conference in 
1967. It was at tlwt time tlmt they 
extended an invitation to me to spend 
a summer with them. And, thus, I 
went in the summer of 1970 under the 
TIME program. As a result of that 
visit, I became greatly interested in 
Puerto Rico. When I married Claudia 
three summers later, we Iwd the under- 
standing tlwt the Lord might call us to 
the foreign field. And here we are five 
years later! 

God has blessed the Schrocks. Op- 
portunities abound from every angle. 
There are even some possibilities of 
having a ministry among the deaf. A 
Bible class for the deaf is being held on 
Thursday evenings at the San Juan 
church and the attendance has been in 
the 70s. This is a fantastic oppor- 
tunity. 

A deaf young man feels the Lord's 
calling to the ministry as a pastor to 
the deaf and he wants me to train him 
in the Word. Needless to say, I have ^ 
started to learn some of the sign Ian- £ 
guage. "^. 

Pray tlmt the Lord will indicate to ^ 
you personally how to pray for Puerto 
Rico. Give tliat the Lord's work might 
be effectively carried on. And if the 
Lord so leads, serve Him as a mission- 
ary. Maybe to Puerto Rico. 



a. 
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From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 



n Ground has been broken for a new church at Chambers- 
burg, Pa. An added encouragement is that the land is debt 
free. 

n An ali-churcii family camping trip was enjoyed by mem- 
bers of the La Loma Grace Brethren Church of Modesto, 
Calif., on June 10 and 11 . On June 3, 60 participants were 
involved ni a church golf tournament. 

D Are sign gifts (miracles, speaking in tongues, healing) still 
being granted today? What was the original purpose of 
these gifts? Is there a difference between ihe gift of healing 
and divine healing in answer to prayer? Is it God's will for 
no Christians to be sick? Is illness in a Christian's life caused 
by sin? Is the gift of tongues for all believers? Answers to 
all these questions are discussed in The Holy Spirit and You, 
a book written by Dr. Bernard N. Schneider for the adult 
Sunday School series. This study guide for September, Oc- 
tober, and November is specially priced at SI. 75 each in 
quantities. (Individual orders wUl be accepted at the regular 
price of S3. 95, postage paid when your check accompanies 
the request.) Send your order to the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co., P.O. Box 544. Winona Lake. Ind. 46590. 

D At a specially called business meeting recently, members 
of the Gay Street Brethren Church of Hagerstown, Md., 
voted to change the name of the church to Valley Grace 
Brethren Church. The purposes for the change are to more 
clearly identify with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches and to indicate a desire to minister to the entire 
Hagerstown valley. 

n Candidates for the pastoral ministry are being sought by 
00 the Canton Grace Brethren Church of Canton, Ohio. In- 
- quiries should be submitted with appropriate resumes to 
-5 the moderator, Grace Brethren Church, 6283 Market Ave., 
J Canton, Ohio 44721; or directly to R. E. Ramsey, 3825 
■^ Orion Rd. N.W., North Canton, Ohio 44720. 



D Rev. Richard Grant has resigned as pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Canton, Ohio, to serve as pastor of the 
new church at Canal Fulton, Ohio. 

n The Community Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach, 
Calif., has voted to call Dennis Beach as senior pastor. 

D J. Ward Tressler, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Fremont, Ohio, for the past 13 years, has accepted the pas- 
torate of the Indian Heights Grace Brethren Church of 
Kokomo, Ind. He will assume his duties on October 1. 

n "Thanks to our great physician for restoring Roy H. Kin- 
sey from a critical illness. On March 15, 1978, he was 
rushed to the hospital by ambulance. He returned home in 
three weeks and by June 1 , 1978, he was attending church. 
Doctor said that by all medical reasoning, God performed a 
miracle in his behalf. We appreciate all of you who prayed." 
-Mrs. Mildred Kinsey 

D The members of the Peru Brethren Church, Peru, Ind., 
recently presented Pastor James Marshall and his wife with 
a large food shower in honor of their birthdays. 

D Hartford, Conn. (EP)-Gov. Ella T. Grasso of Connecti- 
cut has signed a bill requiring Sunday closings for nearly all 
stores in the state. The new law exempts stores operated by 
merchants who observe the Sabbath on days other than 
Sunday, and certain categories of businesses including drug- 
stores, dairies, restaurants, small food stores and gas 
stations. 



marriages 



12 



^ n Steve Miller, son of R. Paul Miller, has been called as as- 
sociate pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Lexington, 
Ohio. 



Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest always 
upon, these new families who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six-month free subscription to the Herald is given to 
newlyweds whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

Rebecca Phleger and Lance Schumacher, Jan, 14, Grace 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Aleta Witt and Roger Jennison, Feb. 17, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Pat Silvan and Marvin Anderson, March 18, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Sylvia Villasenor and Dean Collard, March 18, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Kathaleen Klepper and Paul Miller, March 25, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Mary Clark and Terry KeDer, March 31, Valley Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Hagerstown, Md. 

Karen Aby and Gregory Beck, April 8, Grace Brethren 
Church, York, Pa. 

Lisa Boren and George Craig, April 22, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Carolyn Simpson and James Conklin, April 29, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

JoeUen Peterson and Timothy Placeway, May 27, Colum- 
bus, Ohio. The ceremony was performed by the groom's 
father, Rev. Richard Placeway. 

Karen Dixon and John BoUand, June 2, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 




D Looking for a youth director or assistant pastor? Confi- 
dential resumes are available upon official request from 
GBC Christian Education, Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. Those seeking such positions may also contact the 
above address. 

D We're switching to computer— if you are in the west or 
midwest, perhaps you've noticed the new address label on 
your copy of the Herald magazine. We anticipate complet- 
ing the switch-over by September 1. If there is a mistake on 
your name or address, or if you receive more than one 
copy, let us know at once. Please return the address label 
with your correct information. Thank you for your pa- 
tience and cooperation. 



IMPORTANT ADDRESS CHANGE 

Pastors, church financial secretaries 
and treasurers, please note: 

Rev. William H. Schaffer, Secy.-Treas. 

Board of Emergency and Retirement Benefits 

P. O. Box 404 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 



D Happy Anniversary! 

June 3, 1938, was the date of the first graduadon serv- 
ices for Grace Theological Seminary. The place was the 
Ellet Brethren Church of Akron, Ohio. The graduates were 
three in number and they were Robert Miller, Kenneth Ash- 
man and RusseD Wilhams. The speaker for the graduation 
service was Charles Ashman, Sr. 

Congratulations from the Herald on this fortieth anni- 
versary. The above picture, from the Akron Beacon Journal, 
shows the three graduates being ordained to the ministry. 
Others in the picture are Robert Wilhams, Charles Ashman, 
Sr., and R. Paul Miller. 

D Salisbury, Rhodesia (EP)-Four Salvation Army workers 
were lined up and shot by black gunmen, reportedly nation- 
alist guerrillas, at a school in southwest Rhodesia, the mis- 
sionary group reported. Two women missionaries were 
killed and two workers were wounded. The women, both 
Britons in their 20s, were gunned down at the Salvation 
Army's prestigious Usher Institute, a 40-year-old school. At 
least 19 white missionaries have been slain, aUegedly by 
guerrillas, since war broke out six years ago. 

n The congregation of the First Brethren Church of Ritt- 
man, Ohio, has approved a $250,000 building addition. 



change your annual 



Ronzil L. Jarvis, 706 Race St., Parkersburg, W. Va. 26101 
(can be reached at 304/428-3194) Charles G. Thorn- 
ton, 719 E. Franklin, P.O. Box 87, Sunnyside, Wash. 
98944 .... Paul L. Mohler, 708 Saint John St., Grafton, W. 
Va. 26354. 



deaths 



Notices in tilts column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

ANDREWS, Alice. May 5, member of Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. David Hocking, pastor. 
BOLAND, Sherry Ann, 16, Feb. 4, a faithful member for 
four years of the Grace Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 
Luke Kauffman, pastor. 

CONNER, John, 79, May 30, would have become a mem- 
ber of the Myerstown (Pa.) Grace Brethren Church on June 
4. He was a former member of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian 
Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 
FAUTZ, Howard, April 22, member of Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. David Hocking, pastor. 
HIGBIE, Wilnm, Feb. 2, member of Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. David Hocking, pastor. 
KISSELL, William, April 30, member of First Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, Pa. Charles Martin, pastor. 
LEE, Royal, April 29, of a massive heart attack. He faith- 
fully attended the First Brethren Church of Portis, Kansas, 
since 1941. Clarence H. Lackey, pastor. 
SUTTON, Clyde, April 7, member of Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. David Hocking, pastor. 
SWANK, Anna, April 1 5, member of First Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pa. Charles Martin, pastor. 
TRENT, Marion, May 3 1 , member of First Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pa. Charles Martin, pastor. 
WESTFALL, Douglas, Feb. 3, member of Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Cahf. David Hocking, pastor. 
ZEISERT. Earl, 82, May 3, a faithful, longtime member of 
the Clayton Grace Brethren Church, Clayton, Ohio. He was 
the teacher of an adult Sunday School class and held vari 
ous offices in the church. Steve Knierim, pastor. 



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Youth News 



MEXICO CITY (with SPEARHEAD) 

Janet Battis 
Winona Lake, Ind. 
Alice Peacock 
Indianapolis, Ind. 
Tom and Susan Sharp 
Ankenytown, Ohio 
Diane Wright 
Long Beach, Calif. (Grace) 



OPERATION BARNABAS ALLEGHENY TEAM 



Steve Adriansen 

Worthington, Ohio 

Pat Bressler 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 

Becky Broyles 

Anderson, S.C. 

Bonnie Burke 

Waterloo, Iowa 

Chuck Chappell 

Winona Lake, Ind. (Winona Lake) 

Tammie Conover 

Akron, Ohio (Ellet) 

Christina Curatti 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 

Carlene Finster 

Peru, Ind. 

Darlene Fisher 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 

Craig Floyd 

Anchorage, Alaska 

Donna Fluke 

Winona Lake, Ind. (Winona Lake) 

Melinda Franchino 

Simi Valley, Calif. 

Dave Friddle 

Canton, Ohio 

Susan Gay 

Nanty-Glo, Pa. (Conemaugh-Pike) 

Greg Grim 
York, Pa. 

Stephanie Hanshew 
Brookville, Ohio 
Scott Kantenwein 
Warsavu, Ind. (Comnnunity) 
Ken Lawson 
Trotwood, Ohio 
Vicki Lord 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Grace) 
Mindy Miller 
Wooster, Ohio 
Keith Newswanger 
New Holland, Pa. 
Tom Sanford 
Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 
Dan Rucker 

Winona Lake, Ind. (Winona Lake) 
Doug Smith 

Winona Lake, Ind. (Winona Lake) 
Shelby Stoneham 
Waynesboro, Pa. 
Karen Summers 
Martinsburg, Pa. 
Janet Zielasko 

Winona Lake, Ind. (Winona Lake) 
Leaders: Kevin & Tina Huggins 
Bruce & Christi Barlow 



1978 TIME MISSIONARIES 



BRAZIL 

Tina Aldinger 
Elizabethtown, Pa. 
Karen Darrough 
Columbus, Ohio (Grace) 
Dan Green 
Columbus, Ohio (Grace) 




Marilyn Austin 

Winona Lake, Ind 

Karen Ball 

Simi Valley, Calif. 

Cathy Brown 

Goshen, Ind. 

Theresa Chugg 

Simi, Calif. 

Karen Cloonan 

Goleta, Calif. 

Ken Davis 

Meyersdale, Pa. 

Mary Davis 

Okeechobee, Fla. 

Andy Dean 

Warsaw, Ind. (Community) 

Joyce Dicks 
Washington, Pa. 

Deanna Ellis 

Des Moines, Iowa 

Doris Fluke 

Winona Lake, Ind. (Winona Lake) 

Lisa Gladd 

Radford, Va. (Fairlawn) 

Susan Holiday 

Peru, Ind. 

Sandi Hoover 

Lanham, Md. 

Brant Hunt 

Aiken, S.C. 

Robert Klotz 

Fremont, Ohio 

Chuck Lawson 

Trotwood, Ohio 

Steve Makofka 

New Holland, Pa. 

Marvin Miller 

Warsaw, Ind. (Community) 

Gary Moore 

Canton, Ohio 

Robert Myers 

Winona Lake, Ind. (Winona Lake) 

Rodney Penrod 

Pierceton, Ind. (Sidney) 

Mike Richards 

Clearwater, Fla. 

Kim Sanford 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 

Ann Schaefer 

Temple Hills, Md. 

Chuck Staton 

Richmond, Va. 

Earl Young 

Aiea, Hawaii (Waimalu) 



Leaders: 



ALASKA 

Mike Fitch 
Long Beach, 



MEXICO BORDER 

Laura Castillo 

Whittier, Calif. (Community) 

Cathy Coburn 

Garden Grove, Calif. (Los Altos) 

Beverly Dobrenen 

Whittier, Calif. (Community) 

Holly Langdon 

Whittier, Calif. (Community) 



Calif. (North Long BeachI 



Lois Kisner 
Akron, Ohio (Ellet) 
Dan and Grace Pettman 
Canton, Ohio 



LESLIE CO.. KE|1TUCKY 

Gail Bonar 
Canton, Ohio 

Jim Evans 

Lititz, Pa. 

Dave Hildebrand 

Dayton, Ohio (Hulfer Hgts.) 

Paul Hottle 

Alexandria, Va. 

Alice Liechty 

Whittier, Calif. (Ci 

Susan Urazoff 

Whittier, Calif. (Cfimmunity) 



mmunity) 



CENTRAL AFRICAN EMPIRE (for one year) 

Janet Walker 
Winona Lake, Ind. 
Connie Whitcomb 
Winona Lake, Ind. 



FRANCE 
(Summer Team) 

Dan Newton 

Lakewood, Calif. (Scotts Valley 

Kathy Perkins First Baptist) 

Pataskala, Ohio (GBC of LickinglBRE-i-nREivj 



LOS ANGELESfat the JEWISH MIS 

Valerie Byers 
Winona Lake, Ir 
Dave Rush 
Sidney, Ind. 
Gigi Watkins 
Harrisburg, Pa.i 

Curly DaIke 

Whittier, Calif/(Communitv) 



Kathy Kent 
Winona Lake, 



Co.) 



Blaine Horst 
New Holland 
Andy Miller 
Altoona, Pa. 



Ind. 
Jay and Teri Randall 
Lanham, Md. 
Sherry Stiffler 
Roaring Springs, Pa. (Leamersville) 

(Fall Team) 

Dan Newton 

Lakewood, Calif. (Scotts Valley First Baptist) 

Barb Dunlap 
Elkhart, Ind. (Bethel) 
Melissa McCarthy 
Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 
Jeannie Miller 
Colorado Springs, Colo. 



JAVAJO MISSION 

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J Pa. 

Leamersville) 



A computer-evaluated Sunday School report of 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 



Ed Lewis, Brian & Crystal 
Roseborough, Judy Ashman] 





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lOping to help in Christian ed, 
^outh, and church growth 



Hell Is the Pits 



Erma Bombeck, humorist who gets smiles all 
over the country with her newspaper columns, also 
wrote a book: 

If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, 
What am I Doing in the Pits? 

Well, the answer is clear. 

Life is not a bowl of cherries. (Erma, you know 
better than that.) 

And the reason you are in the pits is usually ob- 
vious too. Most of us know what gets us down, or 
discouraged. But we just don't have the stuff to do 
anything about it. 

Most who go to hell— all?— will know why then, 
and do now. They are going against the light they 
have in their own consciences, which they keep 
putting out. 

The church is here to help people out of the 
pits-through our Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

The alternative is not a bowl of cherries, but a 
life of joy in the righteousness of Christ and the 
power of the Holy Spirit. 

Christian education means teaching all that Jesus 
taught and lived, and sharing the promise of power. 

Power to come up out of the pits of "hell," or 
of spiritual weakness and depression. 

All of which is a reason to have a really vital part 
in the Christian education program of your local 
church. Do your part! 

// Christian education is about life in Christ. 
What are you doing in it? 



GBC Christian Education 

P. O. Box 365 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Executive Director: Pastor Knute Larson 
Director of Youth Ministries: Ed Lewis 
Director of SMM: Judy Ashman 
Administrative Assistant: Ginny Toroian 
Assistant to the Directors: Brian Roseborough 

Thank you for your encouragement 
and gifts for CE ministries! 



Wins Top EPA Award 

The Evangelical Press Association (EPA), including 380 
magazines, recently gave CE's Ac'cent magazine their 
"Award of Excellence"— the highest honor in their youth 
division. 

This top award, given at EPA's annual convention in 
Cahfornia recently, was based on overall purpose, presenta- 
tion, writing, and layout. One judge noted, "Writes to the 
point of reader needs. . . . high reader interest." 

At CE, we're elated. 

Our special congratulations to Ed Lewis, executive edi- 
tor, and Jim Long, managing editor. With input from 
several others at CE and Brethren Foreign Missions, they 
make the Ac'cent marks. 

It's nice to be appreciated! 

Equally satisfying, if not more, are the commendations 
of youth and others in our churches who say they have 
been helped by our efforts. 

If we can point people (especially young people) to 
Christ, and build up faith and incentive to grow ... if we 
can deal with real issues and show that the Bible is not 
silent ... if Ac'cent can make you think harder about the 
Lord and His superior life style for us . . . then we have won 
high honors from you. 

Ac'cent began in the early 1960s as Scope, a four-page 
newspaper produced by the Brethren Foreign Missionary 
Society, published by Clyde Landrum, and edited by Knute 
Larson. 



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CE congratulates Howard Mayes, former executive 
director, upon his call to be "pastor of Christian education 
ministries" at the growing Blackhawk Baptist Church in 
Fort Wayne. For the last two years, Howard has been ad- 
ministrator at Lakeland Christian Academy. 



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christian education 



1978 GBC 



Christian Education Convention 



'PASTORAL PROBLEMS" 



'CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES" 




Featuring: 

Dr. Ed Hindson 

Dr. Edward E. Hindson serves as Professor of Religion at Liberty Baptist Col- 
lege and is the Director of Counseling at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynch- 
burg, Virginia. 

An ordained Baptist minister. Dr. Hindson holds earned degrees from five dif- 
ferent schools: including the Master of Theology from Grace Theological Semi- 
nary, the Th.D. from Trinity Graduate School of Theology and the D.Min. in 
pastoral counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary, where he studied 
under Dr. Jay Adams. 

An expert on the Christian family. Dr. Hindson has been married for twelve 
years and he and his wife, Donna, have three children. 



Featuring: 

Winona Walworth 

Miss Winona Walworth is 
the manager of the Christian 
Education Department at 
Scripture Press Publications, 
Inc., Wheaton, Illinois. She is 
known for her work and writ- 
ing for children's Sunday 
School and Christian educa- 
tion literature. 



V\lith 28 workshops on very practical, helpful areas 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 - SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 

Asking $10 a person for the convention . . . Urging churches to sponsor their people 







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What others imagine 
when they consider 
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The images people have of our churches are often warped by TV, rumors, and bad experiences in the past. 

We must change that ! 

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People don't always get warmed by 
thoughts of our churches. Their image 
of die average good church is often 
funny. 

Or rather sad. 

What bounces into many minds at 
the mention of the local "True-to-the- 
word" church just might be: 

1 . People of the tish-tish: who have 
the truth, the whole truth, and noth- 
ing but the truth, and are quick to let 
you know you don't, but if you do, 
you're welcome at their church. (Even 
if you don't, you don't like to hear 
about it that way!) 

2. The home of the hired gun: 
where "the Reverend" is— the one who 
really knows God and gets your neigh- 
bors saved for you. (He preaches the 
sermons, makes the calls, does the typ- 
ing, shows the love, and makes your 
decisions for you.) 

3. Fighters: people of the clenched 
fist who can't get along with each 
other even though they all love Christ 
so much. 

4. No-doers (not no-dozers): people 
who don't do what good atliletes don't 
do but these think they're spiritual 
because they don't. They certainly 
couldn't be enjoying life. 

5. Land of the humdrum and home 
of the cliche: where they do and say 
things the way they used to just be- 
cause, well, they always have. And be- 
sides, that's the way they always did 
it. (Or did they already say that?) 

We must change these images! 

And fast! 

We wish they would think, "People 
characterized by love and truth." 

But they don't always. 

So we must change their image, if it 
isn't true! Or else make it untrue! 

And that is the process of agape. 



"action-love." Plus a P-R job on the 
part of every church person as well as 
its leaders. 

Not "P-R" in the sense that Madi- 
son Avenue stuff can do the trick. But 
in the sense that the Holy Spirit must 
use reality, and people are tlie real 
proof of the church. 

They form the image. 

When they are filled with God's 
love (through the Holy Spirit) and 
practicing His truth (following Jesus 
Christ) they are not bad ads for re- 
demption. 

When their spirit is what it should 
be, they really do pray for their 
church, work in it, invite others, and 
grow in their own faith. 

Evangelism and edification happen. 

Jesus Christ, the Head of the 
Church, is at once praised and pleased. 

And people— at least some of 
them- begin to see the positive. 

The church is meant to be just the 
opposite of those faulty images: 

1 . People of caring love, who reach 
out to others and want new people, in 
spite of their differences. People who 
have as a main goal to love others, 
even being all things to them, "that I 
might by all means save some" (1 Cor. 
9:22;cf. w. 16-23), 

2. The home of many ministers 
(not just one "hired gun"). Everyone 
in Christ is a Reverend, really. A 
priest who can help others and share 
his faith and go directly to God for 
help and growth, and directly to 
others to care. 

What a positive image when people 
see a church where everyone wants to 
help and love, and where ministry is 
prime (as in Eph. 4:1 1-13). 

3. People who are one. One in 
Christ. Everyone at the church does 



not have to agree on every minor point, 
but they do have a common Head! It 
shows in the way they pull together in 
the cause of evangelism and Christian 
education (see Eph. 2:19-22). 

4. People with purpose. More than 
noticing what we don't do, people 
should see what it is we do! 

You can tell pretty quickly when 
people in a church are pressing "to- 
ward the mark for the prize of the 
high calling of God in Christ Jesus" 
(Phil. 3:14), and when they're just 
getting together to guard their taboos. 

5. Land of the free and home of the 
truth. 

Wliatever way you label them, 
Christians should be people of gusto. 
They have gripped truth and feel good 
about their destiny and daily assign- 
ment to do God's will. 

So life is anything but a bore and a 
cliche or shibboleth. 

You can sense if a church is alive 
the moment you touch it. Dead ones 
don't respond at all. 

When the process of Christian 
growth is really happening in a life, 
that person is obediently loving and 
serving Christ and others. His life is im- 
perfect, but positive. 

And as the church follows its Christ, 
and teaches (structured) and talks (un- 
structured) about Him, too, the bad 
images people have of it begin to 
change. 

You can do anything in the world 
to invite people to your church and 
Christ, but if they have one or more of 
those bad images in their minds, that's 
what they think of. 

They won't come. 

But as you help them see Christ in 
you and your church, they just may 
get warm toward the idea. 



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Retirement, when one arrives at that stage of 
life, is a totally new experience for anyone. For the 
retiring missionary coming home from the field, 
there is a real difference. 1 know that the Lord was 
extra good to me in timing the Yougoudas' coming 
to America to coincide with the time when we 
would have to say goodbye to all our loved ones 
there and leave the work which had been such a 
joy. As 1 helped Martine with her Enghsh or kept 
the children when she had to go out, I felt that 1 
still had a part in that work. Once in awhile Mar- 
tine and I helped each other over humps of dis- 
couragement just by sitting down and having a 
good talk. In all of this, we naturally used Sango. I 
was grateful for this. It has kept the language fresh 
and alive while 1 was unable to settle down to work 
on the writing which I brought home to complete. 



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Kathryn Hoyt 

During one term, we were in the business of 
beginning a new testimony. And it was this particu- 
lar spot where we had some of our most difficult 
trials. We saw the work go up and down. We saw< 
professions of faith which we were certain were 
sincere. But later we found we had been com- 
pletely deceived. For us, it was an experience much 
like Job's trials and it has deepened our spiritual 
lives in that it has made us realize more deeply that 
we cannot trust in man. How true what Jeremiah; 
said, "Cursed be the man that trusteth in 
man . . . . " (Jer. 17; 5) and "Blessed is the man 
that trusteth in the Lord. . . ." (Jer. 17:7). 



Hattie Sheldon 

Our lives as missionaries are as an open boot: 
before the Africans. One time— in later years— 
Chauncey and I thought we had settled down for a 
quiet evening after the work of the day. But it 
wasn't long until we heard a rustle on the veranda 
and the sounds of a goat bleating. I was quite upset 
when I went to the door to investigate. I thought: 
"Why are they bringing that goat here at night? 
What will we do with it? Where will we put it so 
the leopards won't make a meal of it before 
morning?" The people told us that the chief had 
sent the goat as a gift! We learned later that when 
someone takes a gift to a chief or other important 
person, he takes it by night. How humiliated I was 
to reaHze what a blunder I had made in not gra- 
ciously accepting a gift which was meant to be an 
honor. I had failed to think black. 



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Dorothy Goodman 

When we first went to Africa almost every 
station had at least one mud house on the station 
as a missionary residence. Our first house in Africa 
was a mud house. We were first stationed for about 
a year and a half with the Jobsons on the Bozoum 
station. Now, very few of the stations have mud 
block houses or mud houses. All of our mission 
stations have nice residences. Many of these are 
brick. Others are mud block with cement plaster, 
and you would think they were stucco homes. All 
of them have aluminum roofs. In beginning days, 
we just had grass roofs and every time the dry 
season came it was a time to burn grass. We all 
prayed extra hard that the Lord would protect us 
at that time, because of flying sparks. One day we 
were in our newly roofed grass house at N'Zoro 
and we saw fire starting at the bottom of the hill 
just below. The ladies came running with pots of 
water on their heads and the men came with leaves 
and made a backfire. After much work and con- 
stant prayer, the wind changed and the fire turned. 
The Lord had again proved His keeping power for 
those who trust Him. 



Many changes have occurred in Brazil since our 
first arrival. The mission has been developed and 
goals established to reach Brazilians in different 
regions of the country and with different methods. 
As a missionary now working in retirement to 
further the Lord's work, it seems that our attitudes 
changed during our time on the Brazilian field as 
much as the Brazilians seemed to change in our 
minds' sight. Each new term of service brought 
new challenges to me, and the Lord blessed 
through each— whether the challenge was DVBS, 
bookstores, or music in the church. 



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Well, Lord, I just used the last baggie and it's only 
Tuesday. You know I'm not in the habit of running to 
the store every day and frankly I don't have available cash. 
You know they are the best thing for the kids' lunches. I'll 
write them on my list for the next shopping trip. But for 
today I'll trust You for a baggie miracle. " 

10:00 a.m. — Benjie stopped by with his mother for 
a visit. He brought cookies for David 
and himself . . . four cookies in two 
BAGGIES. 

I finished up the white cheese that was 
in a BAGGIE. It was still clean, too. 
Grandma sent over some fresh-baked 
cookies in a clean, fresh BAGGIE. 
Bless her heart! 

Hooray! Both the kids remembered to 
save the BAGGIES that were OK from 
their lunches. 

To fix toasted cheese sandwiches for 
supper, I'll use the yellow cheese that's 
in a baggie— oh no! It's really too 
messy to save. 

Since I unwrapped this new chunk of 
cheese for supper, I'll need a baggie 
to store it. 

Tally: 7 baggies handled 
-1 unusable 
^l_needed for storage 

5 BAGGIES gained. 

"Praise the Lord! I knew You'd do it! You've promised 
to supply all my needs. I knew You would! Thank You for 
the baggie miracle. " 

-Miriam Pacheco, Winona Lake, Indiana 



"Men ought always to pray, and not to faint." (Luke 
18:1) 

This verse certainly applies to parents of teen-agers. I 
have found that when problems arise and you seem utterly 
helpless to solve them, your strength comes from prayer; 
and peace, by believing it will be answered. 

"God specializes in things thought impossible, and He 
can do what no other power can do." 

"I believe for everyone that has gone astray there will be 
someone to show him the way"— these songs have strength- 
ened my faith. 

-D.L.L., Colorado 




12:00 noon 



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6:30 p.m. — 



10:00 p.m. 



— Remember to encourage and help those who will repre- 
sent your WMC and church by attending national confer- 
ence next month. Monetary support is always appreciated, 
but also remember to support with your prayers. Maybe 
your help is also needed to keep home fires burning in their 
absence. Pick up the mail, water plants, harvest garden 
crops, and so on— anything to remind them that in their ab- 
sence, you were thinking and praying for them. Keep in 
mind, if you can't attend conference sessions yourself, the 
only way you can receive the blessings will be to share with 
those who were able to attend. 

-DIGEST WMC MATERIAL. The way to gain nourish- 
ment is through digestion. Just one reading will not always 
tell you all you need to know about anything. Your WMC 
will grow only when the leaders and all involved know what 
is going on through all levels of WMC work. Read, reread 
and talk about new offering projects, goals, and, of course, 
the new devotional materials. 

—Use warm weather months and sunny days to get out 
and do the visiting you put off all winter. 

-Contribute to this Idea File. Your best suggestions 
could enable others to share in the enthusiasm you have in 
your local organization. Contribute by sending a postcard 
to Mrs. Linda Hoke, National WMC Editor, 700 Robson 
Road, Winona Lake. Indiana 46590. 





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"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in 
Christ Jesus concerning you." (I Thess. 5:18) 

Everything? Yes, everything. Give thanks for every- 
thing?!? Yes. Oh, surely not everything-heartaches, pain, 
suffering, trials and temptations??? Yes, that, too. because 
it is the will of God. All that He allows will work together 
for good, even though the "good" may not be, and usually 
is not, realized at the time. Hard? Yes, it is hard when your 
whole world seems to be falling apart. But still, God's Word 
says, "In every thing give dianks." 

-H.A.B.. Virginia 



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SEPTEMBER 1978 






Mssionary ^Birthdays 



(If no address is listed, the address will he found on pages 26 and 27 
of the 1978 Grace Brethren Annual.^ 

AFRICA 

Mrs. Don Hocking September 1 1 

Agnes Aellig September 24, 1968 

Mrs. Gilbert Aellig September 25 

BRAZIL 

Mrs. Eddie Miller September 18 

Jay Andrew Farner September 19, 1974 

FRANCE 

Daniel Shargel September 10, 1969 

MEXICO 

Mrs. Walter Haag September 1 1 

PUERTO RICO 

Caryn Michelle Schrock September 22, 1977 

P.O. Box 10144, Caparra Hgts., Puerto Rico 00922 

IN THE UNITED STATES 

Miss Rosella Cochran September 1 

Miss Ruth Snyder September 8 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Mrs. Loree Sickel September 10 

1462 Golden Rain Rd„ Seal Beach, Cahf. 90740 
Miss LUa Sheely September 30 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 



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Women 

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President- 
Mrs. Robert Griffith, 51 7 Wile Ave., Souderton, Pa. 18964 

1st Vice President- 
Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

2nd Vice President- 
Mrs. Walter Fretz, 413 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Secretary- 
Mrs. Sally Neely, 565 Stonyridge Ave., Troy, Ohio 45373 

Assistant Secretary- 
Mrs. Tom Miller, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, lnd| 
46590. (All checks payable to Brethren National WMC.) 

Assistant Financial-Secretary— 

Mrs. Tom Inman, 2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo 
80910 

Literature Secretary- 
Mrs. Lloyd Fish, R. R. 8, Box 196, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Editor- 
Mrs. Noel Hoke, 700 Robson Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Prayer Chairman- 
Mrs. Harold Etiing, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 




Offering 
©pportunity 



—Have you looked in a flower garden lately? Do you re- 
member when you planted the seeds or bulbs? Looks differ- 
ent, eh? We expect growth— and watch eagerly for each new 
sprout, leaf, and finally, the blossom. WMC is like that, too. 
But in order for the plant to grow, soine additives are 
needed— sunshine, rain, and sometimes fertilizer or insect 
retardant. The best way to plant and encourage WMCs is 
through the fertilizer of enthusiasm with generous appli- 
cations. At this growing season, a generous supply of the 
additive of monetary support is needed for the Operation 
and Publication Fund of the National WMC. Deadline for 
this opportunity is September 10. 



Brefhreo Misslooarij y^raid 

Box 544 Wir.ona I akp Indiana 46590 Telephone 219 267 7158 




We thought we might ask you to send in your 
"buck" also, but enough is enough! ! 

Seriously, we want to catch your attention 
about a subject that is very vital to the Breth- 
ren Church. It is the very important area of 
the printed page. There seems to be an 
opinion that since the Herald does sell a num- 
ber of products, there is no need for an offer- 
ing. This is not true. The Herald ministries 
need to purchase such iterhs as presses, fold- 
ers, addressing equipment, inventories for 
BMH Books, free literature— as well as cover- 



ing the big deficits on the Herald magazine. 

So we need you and your special gifts to con- 
tinue to grow. The Herald, through the years, 
has grown rapidly and your offerings have 
been a great encouragement to us at the 
Herald. Give through your local church! 



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Gift Goal for 1978 $70,000.00 

Gifts to Date 15, 804.6 

Needs for 1978 $54, 195.50 



as we go to press . • . 

Rev, Ron Jarvls has resigned as pastor of the New 
Troy (Mich.) church. Future plans are indefinite. 

Rev. Maynard Tittle, Rev. Robert Crees , and Dr. E. 
William Male have been elected to three-year terms 
on the Board of Trustees of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald. 

As of Sept. 3, the new pastor at New Holland, Pa., 
will be Rev. Robert Divine. 

Rev. Randy Poyner has accepted a call to pastor the 
Grace Brethren Church of Hagerstown, Md . 

The First Brethren Church of Wooster, Ohio, has wel- 
comed Bud Olszewski as a new assistant pastor. Mr. 
Olszewski graduated this spring from Grace Seminary. 

Atlanta (EP) — The Southern Baptist Convention's 
Home Mission Board has prepared a 10-minute film, 
featuring President Carter, that explains a plan to 
send 5,000 volunteer missionaries to programs in 
the U.S. and abroad by 1982. Excerpts from the 
president's presentation to the 1977 Southern Bap- 
tist Convention in Kansas City are shown in the 
film. 

Upper Marlboro, Md. (EP) — Because its valedictorian is an occasional beer drinker, 
the graduating class of 1978 will have to wait a while for commencement exercises. 
Christian High School officials have deferred the ceremony because they do not wish 
Michael Bongiorni, 18, to take part. According to reports here, Mr. Bongiorni was 
noted at a discotheque, dancing and drinking beer. He was expelled by the school. 
The youth's parents protested to a local court which ruled the school could not bar 
his participation in graduation. Rev. John C. Macon, who heads the school, said 
the appearance of Mr. Bongiorni "would be an affront to our religious convictions." 

Tulsa (EP) — A district court judge has authorized evangelist Oral Roberts to pro- 
ceed with construction of a 30-story hospital here pending a ruling on an appeal 
from the Tulsa Area Hospital Council. The Council has opposed construction of the 
facility, which is planned as an integral part of a $100 million medical complex, on 
the grounds that nearly one-third of Tulsa's 2,944 hospital beds are empty at any 
one time and that the new facility would further reduce occupancy rates, thus driving 
up the cost of health care in the area. Oral Roberts University has already raised 
more than $28 million of the $55 million initial-stage costs. Mr. Roberts, a United 
Methodist, has asked donors to send contributions in units for $7, $77, $777, or 
$7,777. The hospital will have 777 beds. 

Milan (EP) — Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, "The Last Supper," may become irrep- 
arably damaged unless art specialists can think of some way to raise money for an 
air-conditioning system which can cut down on the amount of pollution to which the 
painting is exposed. The Renaissance work, considered by many to be Leonardo's 
greatest painting, is in the refectory of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie 
here. It shows Christ seated among His 12 disciples just after the moment when 
Christ has said, "one of you will betray me." The renowned fresco has long been in 
a partially ruined state because of Leonardo's own unsuccessful experiments with the 
materials he used to paint the scene. 




BRETHREN MISSIONARY 




JULY 15, 1978 




Reflections By Still Waters 




This spring, all America sal 
before television sets and 
watched in shock as a veteran 
tiglitrope walker fell from his 
rope to the pavement below. 
The man had been doing this act 
for years; and this time he was 
to walk on a line stretched 
between two hotels. The acci- 
dent took place in Puerto Rico, 
where he was perfonning. The 
day was a windy one and his 
helpers had issued some warn- 
ings about the problems that 
would be encountered. The 
worst happened, and the follow- 
ing day pictures were spread 
over the front pages of news- 
papers, and the whole graphic 
scene was presented on nation- 
wide television. 

A proper balance is never 
easy- whether as an act or 
performance, or in the issues and 
truths of life. We not only act out 
life, in the proper sense of the 
word, but we react to the 
circumstances and people that 
we meet. We often neglect truth, 
or do not give it proper place in 
our teaching, because we fear we 
might be misunderstood by 
someone with whom we find 
theological disagreement. 

It seems to me one of die 
increasingly great problems of 
the present time is obtaining 
balance when it comes to doing 
the work and will of God. We 
have fought, and continue to 
figlit, the battle of the accuracy 
of the Scriptures; and this will 
continue into the unlimited 
future. We are in the midst of a 
doctrinal controversy in this 



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country over the importance of 
the world of the Holy Spirit, 
Some go beyond what the 
Scriptures teach in this impor- 
tant area of theology, while 
others are so friglitened by any 
discussion of the third person of 
the trinity that they neglect His 
properly designated role as out- 
lined in the Bible. So it goes 
with the matter of balance and 
proper understanding. 

Another area ret]uiring bal- 
ance is the method or procedure 
for the work of the Lord. This 
seems to be more of a matter of 
philosophy, if you will permit 
the term. How is the Gospel to 
be preached and presented to 
the hearers and tliose who are 
the hopeful followers? Here 
balance again is so very impor- 
tant. To move to extremes is 
certain to leave the hearers 
short-changed It seems, in the 
simplest form, the tendency is to 
go strictly for the heart, or for 
the other extreme, the head. On 
one hand the letter of the 
law kills. On the other side, 
emotions rule and no depth or 
meaning is ever established. It is 
well to keep in mind that the 



Gospel is for tlie whole man; and 
when Christ died. He died for 
the work of His creation-man- 
kind. All of the benefits of 
salvation are not passed on to 
mankind at the point of conver- 
sion, but they are all insured to 
Christians in God's plan. 

So, balance is vital to meet 
the needs of the person who 
attends your church or your 
Sunday School class. If we seek 
to turn our worship services into 
another classroom session, we 
are probably missing a balance. 
On the other hand, if the wor- 
ship services are filled with 
"spiritual fluff," there are not 
going to be many mature Chris- 
tians around. God did not intend 
either extreme to prevail, and 
balance is so important and vital. 
Do not let anyone tell you that 
you must settle for either | 
extreme of emphasis. The work ), 
of God and the Scripture gives ■ 
us all things necessary for life ,; 
and godliness; and to get out of 
the center of the scriptural 
emphasis is to lose one's bal- 
ance—and there is a long drop; 
and the results are not those 
which God intended. 



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Photo by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 



reported in the herald 

35 Years Ago- 1943 

A report for the year revealed gifts 
totaling $6,535 were given to the 
Jewish work in Los Angeles .... Mis- 
sionary Wedding Bells announced the 
marriage of Mabel Crawford and Benja- 
min Hamilton. 

15 Years Ago- 1963 

The Grace Brethren Church of Denver, 
Colo., has become self-supporting .... 
Dr. Alva J. McClain, president emeritus 
of Grace College and Seminary, under- 
went surgery at Fort Wayne. 

5 Years Ago- 1973 

Donald Hinks was ordained to the 
Christian ministry at Hanover, Pa. . . . 
Washington, Pa., dedicated their new 
auditorium and classrooms. Shimar 
Darr is the pastor . 



herald 



Volume 40 Number 13 July 15, 1978 

Published on the first and fifteenth of 
each month (except— one issue only in the 
months of April, August and December) by 
The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 
P. 0. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Printed by BMH Printing 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 

Artist, Jane Fretz 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 
Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 
Zjelasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 
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contents 

4 AMERICA, LAND OF THE FREE? 
6 LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE WALKING 
8 CHAMBERSBURG MOVES FORWARD INTO THE 
BUILDING STAGE 
11 MY CONVICTION, CONVERSION, AND 

CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE 
14 GRACE NEWS NOTES 
17 "ALL THINGS" . . . IN LIFE AND IN DEATH 



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Dear Charlie, 

1 am responding to the opportunity you mentioned in your May 1. 
1978, editorial. I am very interested in helping in any way God leads 
me to assist in the Brethren encyclopedia that you described. 

I have felt for some months now that we need to provide biographies 
and autobiographies of Brethren men and women. These could be great 
sources of encouragement as well as example. Other historical infor- 
mation about the Brethren Church would also be of great help as we 
understand how the Lord worked in the past. 

In another line of thought, have you ever considered including more 
stories about various churches, testimonies of various pastors and 
leaders, or articles that would be of a Biblical or spiritual nature in the 
HeraW] From my own perspective, I believe that this would help ex- 
pand the ministry of the Herald not only in the lives of Brethren read- 
ers but also to people outside our present sphere of ministry. 

Thank you tor all of your fine etTorts in the continued vital ministry 
of producing and distributing Christ-centered literature. Again, please 
let me know how I can help.— O/i/o 



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Our nation was born, in the drama of human 
history, destined to be a free land. 

The late Senator Everette McKinley Dirksen, in 
a recorded speech, made these pertinent obser- 
vations: " 'We the people, of the United States, in 
order to form a more perfect union, to establish 
justice, insure a ^^^^^^^^domestic tranquil- 
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terity, do ordain and establish this constitution for 
the United States of America.' 

"These immortal words, when first they were 
written, proclaimed to the world an idea new 
among men. They expressed a shining wish for a 
better way of hfe. This was the American dream. 
But that golden goal was not to be had without 



cost. It was born in adversity, tested by time, 
perfected and proven only after long experience 
and trial. This is the drama of a new concept of 
freedom, of the inspired code of law creating that 
freedom. 

"From the Pilgrims, who came here nearly three 
and one-half centuries ago, until this very day, 
people have sacrificed, they've contributed, they've 
built themselves into the fiber of being of America. 
It is from them that we received this land as 
a legacy. 

"Down through the years there have been 
men -brave, gallant men, who have died that others 
might be free. And even now they do it still; brave, 
gallant men know that someone must, and so they 
will. Gallant men have built us a nation, passed 
us a torch of flame; let us hold it high and light up 
the sky with praise of our gallant men. Tyrants 
must know, now just as then, they cannot stand, 
not as long as there are gallant men." 

On the eve of the Declaration of Independence, 
Samuel Adams, labeled the "Father of the Ameri- 
can Revolution," said: "If it were revealed to me 
that 900 Americans out of every 1 ,000 will perish 
in a war for liberty, I would vote for that war 
rather than see my country enslaved. The survivors 
of such a war, though few, would propagate a 
nation of free men." 

The freedom of the American people has been 
challenged many times in our glorious history. 
Following the battle of Fort McHenry at Baltimore 
in the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key immortal- 
ized the determination of the American people for 
freedom in words of "The Star-Spangled Banner." 

"O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light, 

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's 
last gleaming? 

Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through 
the perilous fight. 

O'er the ramparts we watched, were so 
gallantly streaming? 

And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting 
in air. 

Gave proof through the night that our flag was 
still there. 

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave 

O'er the land of the free and the home of the 
brave?" 



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Having just passed a critical test of American 
freedom, Abraham Lincoln again reiterated this 
truth in his famous Gettysburg Address: 

". . . . It is rather for us to be here dedicated 

to the great task remaining before us— that 

from these honored dead we take increased 

devotion to that cause for which they here 

gave the last full measure of devotion— that 

we here highly resolve that these dead shall 

not have died in vain, that this nation shall 

have a new birth of freedom, and that this 

government of the people, by the people, for 

the people, shall not perish from the earth." 

No one in this life will ever fully understand 

why in God's providence, He has chosen to bless 

the United States of America with an abundance 

unprecedented in history, and with freedoms 

which are the envy of the world. 

In our American heritage, every precaution has 
been taken to protect our national freedom. 
However, there are international forces that would 
destroy the progress, liberties, and freedoms we so 
richly enjoy. 

America is not perfect. Perhaps a greater force 
to destroy lies within. Our scandals, unemploy- 
ment, inflation, racial indifferences, political 
corruption and moral decay could easily erase our 
freedoms and send us into bondage. That Is the 
awesome prospect of what could happen when 
men in desperation and decay try to reason their 
way out of difficulty. The darkest of gloom can 
overwhelm us as we contemplate how great civili- 
zations of the past plunged into ignominy. America 
seems to have no place in Biblical prophecy in the 
end times. 

The average age of the world's great civilizations 
has been 200 years and they have moved through 
this sequence: 

From bondage to spiritual faith, 
From spiritual faith to great courage. 
From courage to liberty. 
From liberty to abundance. 
From abundance to selfishness, 
From selfishness to complacency, 
From complacency to apathy. 
From apathy to dependence. 
From dependence back again to bondage. 
We could be well on our way through this vicious 




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cycle. History does not need to repeat. There can 
be repentance, a spiritual awakening. Christians can 
determine that by the help of Almighty God we 
shall not return to bondage. 

America, Land of the Free? Spiritually speaking, 
how many of America's 200 million plus popu- 
lation are free from those sinful forces that en- 
slave? Jesus gave the perfect formula for real, 
permanent freedom, ". . . ye shall know the truth 
[Word] , and the truth shall make you free" (John 
8:32). He continued by being very specific, "If the 
Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free 
indeed" (John 8:36). 

America does offer the climate in which her 
people can bask in the sunshine of true freedom. 
Given His proper place, Christ can produce free- 
dom from want, anxiety, tyranny, and the com- 
plexity of sin and its penaUy. Those of us who 
know and have experienced Christ's freedom have 
a responsibility to share the truth and provide 
those means by which others in our home mission 
field can be set free. Then Francis Scott Key's last 
stanza would express our heart's desire: 

"O thus be it ever, when free men shall stand 

Between their loved homes and the war's 
desolation! 

Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven- 
rescued land 

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved ^ 
us a nation! i; 

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just "^^ 

And this be our motto: in God is our trust!' ^ 

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall n 
wave £. 

O'er the land of the free and the home of the ^ 
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"Let your fingers do the walking!" 
This telephone company commercial is 
continually heard on TV and radio and 
seen on billboards here in Southern 
California. I'm quite sure it is a nation- 
wide slogan. But, just in case it is not, 
let me explain. 

The telephone company suggests 
that, to save time, you check for the 
product or service you need in the 
yellow pages of the telephone direc- 
tory and then use the phone number 
given— could save you a trip and much 
precious time. 

The Brethren Messianic Testimony 
has taken them at their word, only the 
"product"' in which we are interested 
is found in the white pages. The 
fingers go to work looking up names 
that are Jewish and dialing the desired 
number. 

The introduction consists of giving 
the caller's name and explaining that 
we are making a community survey on 
religion. Would they mind answering 
six short questions? The first few 
questions help to ascertain the religious 
background of the individual and 
if he is familiar with the Bible. Two 
most important questions are to learn 
their opinion of Jesus and what they 
believe about a personal relationship 
with God. 

I usually try to go through the set 
of questions with them before seeking 
to get into a discussion. However, this 
is not always possible. Some who agree 
to participate in the survey change 
their minds after the first few ques- 
tions. This could end the contact, or at 
times, the discussion starts with the 
question with which the objection 
begins. 

1 have found, too, that there are 
more unanswered phone caUs than 
answered. This is also true in door-to- 
door calling; in both, it is probably the 
result of more families in which both 
husband and wife work. In my earlier 
ministry, the norm was to find 
one-third not at home; now it's good if 
you find one-third at home. The 
V advantage of the door-to-door caUing 
.2, is that Uterature can be left— even in 
i2 homes where there is no personal 
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Another "wrinkle" in the phone 
ministry is the answering service. Most 
just tell you to leave your name and 
message. But, what do you do when 
the voice from the box teUs you that 
since you called, it would be discour- 
teous not to leave your name and 
message? 

For the most part, those contacted 
have been courteous, even if they did 
not care to answer the questions. A 
few have hung up abruptly. For 
example, one lady would not answer 
the questions, but said she felt that we 
would not be here very long because 
of world conditions. Why was I having 
this survey and was it a religious 
organization taking it? I explained, 
and told her we are interested in Jews 
and Gentiles learning more about the 
Bible. Her reply was that she is a Jew 
and proud of it. She thought I was 
presumptuous. After all, they had 
given us the Bible and our leader was a 
Jew. When I tried to talk further, 
she cut me off and hung up. 

In this ministry, contacts have also 
been made with Gentiles, giving us 
opportunity to share Christ with them, 
also. It has been a joy to meet other 
Christians tlirough it, and share, and 
often give encouragement. 

You never know what the call will 
reveal, religiously. Several, Jew and 
Gentile, said that they were a Buddhist 
or a Baliai follower; one consented to 
my calling back to further our conver- 
sation. I sought to share the truth of 
Christ with one who turned out to be 
a Christian Science practitioner but 
unable to go out because in a walker! 
A real sad contact was one now 
involved in Scientology who had been 
a Catholic priest. His evaluation of 
Jesus: a capable gentleman who did 
many wonderful things! 

What was the Jewish response to 
the question asking for an opinion of 
Jesus? Some did not want to answer 
that question; others said He was a 
good man, a great man, a prophet. One 
Jewess said that Jesus was a wonderful 
person, but not God; that they had 
given Him to us and we could keep 
Him. When I asked her about having a 
personal relationship with God, she 
did not want to answer or continue 
the discussion. 

There have been a number who 
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open to further phone calls. A few 
have consented to personal visits. One 
of the latter was a Jewess who asked 
why we were trying to convert Jews. I 
told her that we could not convert 
anyone. We were only interested in 
sharing the truth of God's Word; the 
transaction then had to be made 
between the individual and God. Man 
is a sinner; God is holy. We need a 
kaporeh (sacrifice); and I shared Isaiah 
53:6, Ezekiel 18:4 and Isaiah 7:14. I 
gave her some of my personal testi- 
mony. I may call back. 

Most with whom I talk do not 
attend worship services regularly and 
do believe that you can have a close 
relationship with God. Some are 
satisfied with the relationship they 
now have, but most acknowledge need 
of a closer one— at times, as one 
Jewess said; but then she denied life 
after death. I reminded her that this 
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Eden (heaven) and Gelieiina (hell). 
These, to her, were just ideas to help 
keep one good. She definitely did 
not believe in Jesus but asked about 
tlie crucifixion. After explaining it. I 
shared with her about His resurrection 
and its prophecy in the Old Testa- 
ment. Some Scriptures shared were 
Psalms 16 and 22, Isaiah 53:6 and 
Ezekiel. We discussed Israel being back 
in the land as a fulfillment of God's 
Word. Her opinion was that Messiah 
may come, but we don't know who he 
is. Thougli she denied tiie possibility 
of Jesus being Messiah and kept 
stressing througli the conversation the 
oneness of God, she gave permission to 
call again. 

We are thankful for this, another 
way of reaching out into the Jewish 
community— another method of obey- 
ing our Lord's (Israel's Messiah) 
command in Mark 16:15 to "Go ye 
into all the world, and preach the 
gospel to every creature." 



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The Grace Brethren Church of 
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, devel- 
oped into the "toddler" stage of 
church growth on Sunday afternoon. 
May 21, as we broke ground for our 
new church building. The building site 
is a seven-acre tract of land located on 
Edwards Avenue, one mile east of 
town. 

Over 100 people-representing the 
congregation, the Mid-Atlantic District 
of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches, and the community-wit- 
nessed the ceremony. Rev. Ralph Hall, 
secretary of the Brethren Building 
Ministries, expressed greetings and 
congratulations from The Brethren 
Home Missions Council. Rev. Randy 
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the guest soloist for the occasion. 

It was a real joy for me, as pastor, 
to turn the first shovel of dirt. Five of 
our church men followed, as represen- 
tatives of various aspects and minis- 
tries of the church and its develop- 
ment. Two of these men, Mr. Gene 
Poe and Mr. Gregg Miller, were part of 
the original ten people who founded 
the church in August of 1975. Others 
participating were: Mr. Ron AUison 
(vice moderator), Mr. Harold Wise 
(deacon), and Mr. Paul StuU, Jr. 
(treasurer). 

A special building fund "kick-off 
offering was placed in a bucket located 
in the hole dug by the six men. A total 
of $968.61 was received. We are so 
thankful for all who shared. An inter- 
esting sidelight to the receiving of the 
offering was how the Lord began to 
multiply the gifts immediately. One 
couple from our church had been sav- 
ing half dollars and placed them in the 
offering. To their surprise, a banker in 
our congregation informed them of 20 
"bonus" dollars for the all silver coins 
making up part of their investment! 
The Lord does give the increase. 

The total buOding fund offerings 
for the week were $1,245.61. I am so 
appreciative of how our folks continue 
to support this new step of faith. We 
continue to learn, following the way in 
which the Lord cared for the paying 
off of our land indebtedness of 
$36,650, plus legal fees, in less than 
one year. We are now praying for a 
quick pay-off of our first phase of our 
building program. 

Our "special celebration day" regis- 
tered good attendances in all services. 
The Sunday School of the Bible was 
attended by 73 people, of all ages. 
There were 71 in morning worship, 
and 43 at the Sunday Evening Bible 
Conference. 

The evening service featured two 
sermons: one by Mr. Gregg Miller and 
the other by Rev. Carl Miller, pastor of 
the Alexandria, Virginia, Grace Breth- 
ren Church. He is also chairman of the 
Mid-Atlantic District Mission Board. 



Gregg has just completed his first 
year in preparation for the Chrisfian 
ministry at Lancaster Bible College, 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He and his 
wife. Sharon, are the first of what we 
hope to be many from our church to 
prepare for ministries around the 
world. They live in Manheim, Pennsyl- 
vania, and attend the Lititz Grace 
Brethren Church. During their busy 
schedule of studies and work, they 
minister with the junior higli students 
there. 

We agree with the Psalmist when he 
wrote: "Unless the Lord builds the 
house. They labor in vain who build 
it...." (Ps. 127:1 NASB). Our 
church, body and building, is His. 

Our church and its ministries are 
being founded on a discipleship phi- 
losophy. It is geared to carry out the 
Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20) 
througli a personal development con- 
cept—balanced living. Jesus Christ, our 
Saviour and Lord, is our example: 
". . . Jesus kept increasing in wisdom 
and stature, and in favor with God and 
men" (Luke 2:52 NASB). It is our 
plan to meet the needs of people in 
the four basic areas of life -mental, 
physical, spiritual, and social. 

Expository preaching and teaching 
of the Word of God with emphasis on 
understanding and personal applica- 
tion give us strength and direction in 
our labors of life. Doctrines are 
stressed in order to provide a good 
foundation on which to build our per- 
sonal faith. These teachings also assist 
us in realizing the meaning of our 
church verse: "Therefore, my beloved 
brethren, be steadfast, immovable, al- 
ways abounding in the work of the 
Lord, knowing that your toil is not in 
vain in the Lord" (I Cor. 1 5:58 NASB). 

We also encourage people caring for 
people -and people involvement in the 
total church ministry. I, as pastor, ap- 
preciate the many who are involved in 
various ministries already. We desire to 
minister to the total family, as indi- 
viduals and a group. At present, our 
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ministry, a teen-age ministry, and a 
single's ministry are presently on the 
drawing board. 

Our most recent ministry addition 
has been my one-minute radio spots. 
They are heard twice daily, Monday 
through Friday, and once every 
Saturday morning. It is called, "A 
Summers' Breeze," and has a growing 
listening audience. In fact, the sound 
system used at our ground-breaking is 
the property of Mr. Scott Douglas, an 
"air personaUty" with radio station 
WCHA. He was on hand to assist 
with the audio part of our service. I 
thank the Lord for the positive rela- 
tionship I have with the people at the 
radio station week by week. 

The Mid-Atlantic District Mission 
Board has given us a gift of $2,000 to 
get our radio ministry off the ground 
and in the air. We appreciate their 
goodness. This amount will cover near- 
ly all the first year's expense. 

I would also like to mention our 
missionary commitments. We are sup- 
porting the Howard Immel family with 
the Foreign Missionary Society of the 
Brethren Church, the ministries of The 
Brethren Home Missions Council, and 
workers in our church affiliated with 
The Children's Bible Mission, a local 
ministry-the Jim Van Veldhuizen 
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The Lord has been so good to us m 
these pioneering years. We want to 
share His goodness with others. We be- 
lieve, and have experienced, that God 
blesses givers. 

We are thankful for the ministry of 
The Brethren Home Missions Council. 
They have assisted in our being at this 
stage in our church growth. Their help 
has been valuable. We also appreciate 
the working relationship we have with 
Rev. Ralph Hall and the Brethren 
Building Ministries. We anxiously 
await the completion of the building 
plans they have prepared for us. And 
we also are thankful for Mr. Walter 
Fretz and the Brethren Investment 
Foundation. We appreciate the con- 
tinued prayers and helps from various 
individuals and churches. 

Mr. Cary Engle is the superintend- 
ent of our construction. Mr. Larry 
Wenger, a local contractor, will be 
erecting our first-phase building. 

I continue to see a dream come 
true. Brethren, pray for us! 

"Trust in the Lord with all your 
heart. And do not lean on your own 
understanding. In all your ways 
acknowledge Him, And He will make 
your paths straight" (Prov. 3:5-6 
NASB). 

To God be the glory, for great 
things He is doing! 



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(Rolland Coburn is pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Santa Maria, Cali- 
fornia. ) 

Rolland Coburn 

By God's free gift, I am His child 
and a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

My parents dedicated me to the 
Lord before I was born, and after- 
wards daily tauglit me from the cradle 
in the Word of God and prayer. 
I cannot remember a time when I did 
not accept the facts of sin, Christ's 
death in my place, and salvation 
through trust in Him alone. 

My earliest memory of spiritual 
awareness goes back 25 years now. 
Lying on my top bunk at a preschool 
age, I would pray alone night after 
night: "Dear Jesus, I guess I really 
didn't mean it when I accepted you 
into my heart last night. I wanted to 
mean it, but I guess I didn't. So I'm 
sorry, and now I really mean it. Please 
forgive me and come into my heart." 

When I was almost 11,1 decided to 
obey the Lord by being baptized. 
Along with my obedience came a 
fuller understanding of disobedience. 

One day during a kickball game in 
sixth grade, 1 stood out in center field. 
Between turns of the best kickers, 1 
was thinking: "God expects me to let 
others know I'm a Christian. But 1 
don't act any different from the other 
kids." 

1 began to doubt that I was really 



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saved: "How can anyone, being a 
sinner, know if he has meant business 
in trusting Christ? Doesn't the Bible 
say that the heart is deceitful above all 
things?" 1 was afraid that I had com- 
mitted the unpardonable sin and was 
just deceiving myself. 

Years of anxiety followed— from 
the age of 1 1 till 16. The communion 
service was always a trial for me on 
two accounts: concern over my sin 
and concern that I might not be a 
child of God at all. Also, in bed at 
night, when there was little to dis- 
tract me from my fears before falling 
asleep, 1 would feel harrassed by bad 
thouglits and break down in tears. Or I 
would wake up in the middle of the 
niglit shaking in cold sweat and fear 
that 1 was lost. I talked with my 
parents, with the pastor, and with 
other Christian counselors, but none 
of them could allay my fears. 

Then 1 began to read the Word of 
God for myself There 1 found the 
solution to my problem. Through 
reading and obeying God's Word 
between my sophomore and junior 
years in high school, 1 began to grow 
sure that I had indeed come to know 
God. 

Later on, this assurance would at 
times suffer remission, when I got into 
patterns of deliberate sin. But now my 
new-found hope encouraged my in- 
terest in spiritual realities. 

The more I read the Word, the 
more I wanted to read. My attention 



span greatly improved, while 1 listened 
to teachers of God's Word. 1 began 
witnessing to my teachers and to my 
peers at school. The desire to know 
more of God's purpose for my life 
grew. 

A climax came at a Leadership 
Training Institute sponsored by 
Campus Crusade for Christ at Arrow- 
head Springs, California, in l')66. 
There, privately to God, I committed 
myself to stand always self-consciously 
under His purpose for my life. 

The God who enabled me to 
express that commitment has con- 
tinued to put His desires in my heart 
and to direct me in His will. He 
opened my way to Grace Theological 
Seminary. He brouglit to me my dear 
wile. Raquel (who joined the Grace 
Brethren in 1972). He gave us our 
daugliter Karen, just one year old now, 
and will help us lead her to faith in 
Christ one day. He called us to the 
ministry in this local church. He 
reminds us that obedience to His will 
takes a lifetime to learn and that 
apart from His new creation, nothing 
good lies within us. All the wliilc we 
have the joy of getting to know Him 
and the confidence that He knows us. 

Unlike my life before my conver- 
sion, whenever I obey God. I never 
regret it, and whenever I disobey Him, 
I always regret it. I praise and thank 
Him that He has deigned to call me to 
Himself by His own power and for His 
own glory. 



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From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

n Harold Peugli retired from a 39-year career as postmaster 
of Harrah. Washington, on May 19. The next day was pro- 
claimed "Harold Peugh Day" by the mayor of Harrah; and 
250 people attended a potluck dinner and program in his 
honor. Mr. Peugh saw many changes in the United States 
Postal Service during those 39 years. He served under 13 
postmaster generals and 8 presidents. The Harrah post of- 
fice grew from a fourth class to a second class office while 
Mr. Peugh was postmaster. The town of Harrah recognizes 
Harold Peugh as a leading citizen, and is appreciative of 
the personal attention he paid to each resident. Mr. Peugli is 
moderator of the Harrah Brethren Church; and also teaches 
the higli school Sunday School class. The Peuglis ha've three 
children: Maurice, who famis in the Harrah area; Roger, 
who serves with the Foreign Missionary Society in Germany 
with his wife Nancy; and Maxine Currie, whose husband 
Jim is a staff member of the Grace Brethren Church of Ash- 
land, Ohio. 

Harold Peugh 




n The new pastor at tlie New Troy (Mich.) Brethren 
Church is Roger Krynock. 



change your annual 

Wayne Mensinger, 253 Main St., Westernport, Md. 21562; 

Phone: 301/359-3796 Bill Stevens, zip should be 

48849 (pg. 95) Roger Krynock, R. 1, Box 542, 

Sawyer, Mich. 49125 Roger Mayes, R. 4, Box 330-A, 

Myerstown, Pa. 17067 .... Randall Poyner, 833 Spruce 
St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740. 



deaths 



Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

FORREST, Freda, 75, a charter member of the Meyersdale 
Grace Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. Ray Davis, pastor. 
HACKER, Mary, 80, May 23, wife of Owen Hacker. She 
had been a faithful and loyal member of the First Brethren 
Church, Dayton, Ohio, for 70 years. Mrs. Hacker tauglit in 
the Beginners Department of the Sunday School for more 
than 40 years. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 
HETHERINGTON. George, April 23, deacon of the Clear- 
brook Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. Services were 
conducted by Rev. K. E. Richardson and Rev. Charles A. 
Flowers. Charles A. Flowers, pastor. 

MATTHIAS, Herbert. 83, June 13, a charter member of the 
Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. Ray 
Davis, pastor. 

WITTER, Lorvs, May 29, a longtime, faithful member of 
the Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, Ind. Rev. Earle E. Peer 
and Rev. Charles Ashman officiated at the memorial service. 
Earle E. Peer, pastor. 

D A reminder: expect only one issue of the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald next month. August is one of three months 
when a double-size magazine is published instead of two 
regular issues. 

D We're switching to computer-if you are in the west or 
midwest, perhaps you've noticed the new address label on 
your copy of the Herald magazine. We anticipate complet- 
ing the switch-over by September 1 . If there is a mistake on 
your name or address, or if you receive more than one 
copy, let us know at once. Please return the address label 
with your correct infomiation. Thank you for your 
patience and cooperation. 



IMPORTANT ADDRESS CHANGE 

Pastors, church financial secretaries 

and treasurers, please note: 

Rev. William H. Schaffer, Secy.-Treas. 

Board of Emergency and Retirement Benefits 

P. O. Box 404 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 






For thousands of years man has been erecting statues, monuments, build- 
ings, parks and plaques in memory of great persons and great events. 

Now, Grace College and Seminary invites you to establish a uniquely dif- 
ferent kind of memorial-a "Living Memorial." We know of no finer way to 
memorialize a loved one or friend than through the lives of our students who 
share our purpose, "To know Christ and to make Him known." 

Or, you may wish to "honor" a living friend or loved one with your gift on 
a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. 

In your behalf, we will promptly send a card of sympathy or of congratu- 
lations to the one whom you designate. The amount of your gift will not be 
revealed. 

During May 1978 gifts were received for the following persons. 



In Memory of : 

Rev. Donald Bartlett 
Mrs. Robert (Betty) Dell 
Zelpha Denlinger 
Mrs. Mary Weese 
Roy H. Lowery 
Rev. Samuel Hornev 



Mrs. Mary Pax ton 



Given by : 

Mr. and Mrs. H. Phil McKown 
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Custer and sons 
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Shipley 
Vera J. Mayne 

Mrs. Roy (Pheobe Y.) Lowery 
2:15 Sunday School Class, Grace 

Brethren Church, Sunnyside, 

Wash. 
Victor DeRenzo, Sr. 
Mrs. Iris Harry 
2:15 Sunday School Class, Grace 

Brethren Church, Sunnyside, 

Wash. 



Rev. Kenneth E. Russell 
Elva M. Hinkel 
Alonzo Hibbard 

In Honor of : 

Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Taylor 

(wedding anniversary) 
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn C. Messner 

(50th wedding anniversary) 
James Thomas 

(80th birthday) 
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Peugh 

(40th wedding anniversary) 



.Mr. and Mrs. Earl Russell 
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn L. Cutler 
Mrs. Alonzo (Sarah) Hibbard 

Given by : 

Rev. and Mrs. Steve Taylor 

Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. .Messner 
Rev. and .Mrs. Homer Miller 
Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 

Aileen Peugh Taber 



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schools 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 



Please mail this form with your contribution 

Date Amount enclosed $_ 

Telephone 



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Your address 



City State Zip 

THIS GIFT IS BEING MADE 



(Check one) 

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Living Memorials, Grace College and Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 



mace schools 




Seminary Faculty Addition 

James E. Eisenbraun of Ann Arbor, Michi- 
gan, will be a new addition to the Grace 
Theological Seminary faculty in the fall. He 
will be teaching Hebrew Language Grammar, 
Hebrew Exegesis courses and Akkadian. 
Eisenbraun received a B.A. from Wheaton 
College, a M.Div. from Grace Seminary and 
a M.A. from the University of Michigan. He 
is also a Ph.D. candidate at the University of 
Michigan. He and his wife, Mema, have a 
six-month-old daughter, Johanna Marie. 

Joins College Faculty 

Michael Grill of Winona Lake will be join- 
ing the Grace College faculty for the 1978-79 
school year as assistant professor of 
psychology and will also serve as chairman of 
the Division of Social Sciences. Grill is a 1967 
graduate of Grace with a M.A. from Ball State 
University where he is currently a doctoral 
candidate in school psychology. He has three 
years of junior high school teaching experi- 
ence, and for the past seven years has been 
school psychometrist and director of psycho- 
logical services in North Manchester and 
Columbia City. He and his wife, Becky, have a 
seven-year-old son, Joshua. 

Service Awards 

Faculty and staff of Grace Schools and of 
the Winona Lake Christian Assembly, to- 
co gether with the management personnel of 
■■>. Grace Manufacturing, Inc., were honored at 
.2, the recent eighth annual recognition banquet. 
'- Service awards were presented to the follow- 
"2 ing: 15 years-Dr. Paul Fink, faculty; Mrs. 
g Agnes Siefken, secretary; 10 years-Richard 
■^ Miley, maintenance; Mrs. Catherine Miley, 
14 print shop; Dr. Richard Dilling, Mrs. Verna 



Felts, Mrs. Mary Lou Fink, faculty; and Paul 
Chappell, director of business affairs; 5 
years-Don Cramer, staff; Mrs. Diane Zuber, 
secretary; Tom Drummond, maintenance; 
Mrs. Gloria Meadors, secretary; Dr. Mervin 
Ziegler, faculty; Mrs. Shirley Fishbach, 
secretary; and Jim Shipley, registrar. 




15- Year Awards were given to Mrs. Agnes 
Siefken, former secretary to the president, and 
Dr. Paul Fink, professor of HomUetics 
and Practical Theology. 




10- Year Awards— Six persons were presented 10-year awards. They are, from left to 
right: Paul Chappell, director of business affairs; Mrs. Vema Felts, associate professor 
of Music; Mrs. Mary Lou Fink, associate professor of Education; Mrs. Catherine Miley, 
print shop supervisor; Richard Miley, maintenance; and Dr. Richard Dilling, associate 
professor of Mathematics and Science Education. 

Faculty Changes 

Three faculty members will not be return- 
ing to Grace next year. David Wickstrom, in- 
structor in psychology; Philip Jones, associate 
professor of Spanish; and Dr. Stephen Young, 
associate professor of speech; have resigned. 
Jones is going to Taylor University, Wick- 
strom will have a counseling office in the War- 
saw area, and Young's plans are uncertain at 
this time. 

New Business Faculty Member 

William P. Gordon of Springfield, Ohio, 
will join the Grace College faculty as assistant 
professor of business this fall. Gordon, who 
has served since 1969 on the faculty of Clark 
Technical College in Springfield, is a graduate 
of Manchester with a master's degree from the 
University of Dayton and additional study at - 
Wittenburg, Kent State and Bowling Green. ■^ 
He has also worked in a management position -" 
with Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, c 
and has taught at the high school level. He 
and his wife, Carole, an elementary music 
teacher, have a son, Daniel, age one and one- 
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5- Year Awards— From left to right: Dr. 
Mervin Ziegler, associate professor of Speech; 
Jim Shipley, registrar; Don Cramer, director of 
information services; and Mrs. Diane Zuber, 
secretary, were presented pins for five years of 
service. Also to receive the award but not pic- 
tured were: Tom Drummond, maintenance; 
Mrs. Gloria Meadors and Mrs. Shirley Fishbach, 
secretaries. 



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Soccer Team to England 

The Grace College soccer team, working 
through the Association for International 
Sports Exchange Program, will take a 15-day 
trip to England in August. Twenty-five play- 
ers, Head Coach David Diehl and his wife, and 
Dr. John Davis, will leave from Chicago for 
London on August 13 and will return August 
28. The trip costs $740 per person and all 
those going must raise their own finances. 
While in England, the team will be involved in 
six matches and two chnics. Anyone desiring 
to make a contribution to the team should 
send the donations to Coach Diehl, Grace 
College, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Outstanding Teacher Honored 

The Alva J. McClain Award for Excellency 
in teaching was presented to Dr. Richard A. 
Dilling, assistant professor of mathematics 
and science at Grace College for the 1977-78 
school year. In presenting the "teacher-of-the- 
year" plaque. Dr. Vance Yoder, academic dean, 
noted the outstanding contributions made by 
Dr. Dilling in his teaching area. 

Dr. Dilling was nominated as a candidate 
by students— for his academic alertness, class 
preparation, student rapport and personal 
quahties. He received the B.S. degree from 
Shippensburg State College in Pennsylvania, 
and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue 
University. He joined the Grace faculty in 
1966. 



Jerry Franks Eye Problems 

Prof. Jerry Franks, assistant professor of 
music (instrumental) has suffered serious 
hemorrhaging in both eyes which has resulted 
in almost total loss of vision. He presently has 
about five percent peripheral vision. Eye spe- 
cialists who are working with him hold no 
hope for any recovery of sight. Jerry has a 
marvelous attitude of trust in the Lord for 
whatever may come. He continues to teach, 
conduct Dimensions in Brass and perform as a 
soloist. 

Named Field Representative 

Dennis R. Brown of Osceola will join the 
Development Department of Grace Schools 
on July 1 as a field representative. A 1973 
Grace College graduate, he has been serving 
as the director of development for the 
Brethren Christian Schools in Osceola. He and 
his wife, Christine, and their two children will 
continue to live in Osceola for the present. 

Scholarship Society Formed 

Twenty-four of the academically top 10 
percent of Grace College's juniors and seniors 
were recently inducted as charter members of 
a newly formed chapter of Alpha Chi, a 
national college honor scholarship society. 
Alpha Chi has 160 chapters in 39 states with 
more than 74,000 active members on its rolls. 



Alpha Chi-Grace College has had its first induction ceremony of the Alpha Chi, a society which has a two- 
fold purpose-of promoting academic excellence, and of honoring those achieving such distinction. The chap- 
ter's officers are: Kevin Arnold, president; Edward Newell, vice president; Cheryl Jennings, secretary; Susan 
Guiles, treasurer; and Mark Nutter, student representative. 




A// Things'' 



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Lije and in Death 



(John Mcintosh is pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Mabton, 
Washington. ) 



John Mcintosh 

The phone rang my tlioughts 
away from semion preparation. An 
urgent voice came through clearly: 
"John, this is Jase. Listen, Mel 
Todd is dead. Grace needs someone 
over here riglit away!" Almost 
automatically, I promised to come 
immediately. Then, as I hung up 
the phone, the full force of his an- 
nouncement stunned my mind. 

Just a few weeks before, Mel, 
the athletic director of Mabton 
High School, had suffered a heart 
attack. I had visited him in the in- 
tensive care unit several times. 
Each time I took his hand and he 
gripped mine as we prayed together 
for his recovery. By faith, we 
claimed together the promise of 
Romans 8:28, "All things work to- 
gether for good . . . ." 

Three weeks later, Mel was able 
to go home. He seemed to be mak- 
ing such good progress. As I visited 
with him, 1 could see real signs of 
physical recovery. But what en- 
couraged me most was his growing 
personal relationship with the Lord 
Jesus Christ. I remember praising 
God for the reality of Romans 8:28 
in his life. 

As I drove to their home to com- 
fort his widow, my mind raced 
from one question to another: 
"What am I going to say to his wife 
Grace?" Mel had been one of the 
most well-liked men in the Mabton 
community. Only 47 years of age, 
he left behind a wife and three 
children who respected and loved 
him. His only daughter would 
marry in just a few weeks. What 
peace, what encouragement could 1 



offer in the face of a tragedy such 
as this? 

Entering the house, I found a 
few friends already there. As is so 
often the case, all wanted to help- 
but their purposeless activity 
showed they really didn't know 
what to do. My mother and father 
were there. They had tried to get a 
response from his vital signs, but 
Mel's spirit had left his body. Dad, 
a deputy coroner, pronounced him 
dead. Grace sat on the couch in 
shock. 

Shortly, she stood, and as the 
turmoU of her heart gripped her 
emotions, she fell to her knees and 
convulsed in sobs over Mel's lifeless 
body. For the moment, I couldn't 
say anything. 1 dropped to my 
knees, put my arm around her, and 
we wept together. As she responded 
to my presence by putting her arm 
around my neck, I said to the Lord 
in Grace's hearing: "Father, we 
don't understand; please help us to 
accept it." 

Sermon preparation for a funeral 
has always come hard for me. Even 
when the body has housed a be- 
liever, I feel the words of hope and 
encouragement from the pastor are 
so important. They must be careful- 
ly selected. UnbeUeving hearts are 
softened and opened to the Lord at 
the death of a loved one, often 
more than at any other time. 
"Father, all things are working to- 
gether for good," I prayed, "Help 
me to see it and communicate it." 
After much soul-searching, 1 se- 
lected Hebrews 9:27, 28 as my 
text. 

Because of the expected crowd, 
the Sunnyside Grace Brethren 



Church, just seven miles away, was 
reserved. When people from the 
town of Mabton (population 1,000) 
arrived, they nearly filled the 600- 
seat auditorium. From the plat- 
form, as 1 considered the message 
God had laid on my heart, the 
words of Romans 8:28 returned. 
Here was an opportunity without 
parallel. Nearly half the population 
of Mabton had come. Sin-hardened 
hearts, now sorrow-softened, were 
unusually ready for God's Word. 
No doubt I would never have such a 
seedtime again. 

As I began to speak, 1 sensed a 
tremendous interest in what the 
Lord was saying througlr me. The 
parched hearts seemed to absorb 
His Word. What an occasion to pro- 
claim God's good news! 

Mel's death and funeral continue 
to speak. Last niglit I visited in the 
home of a young couple who had 
come to our church for tlie first 
time tlie previous Sunday. The 
death of his former coach had led 
this man to do some serious think- 
ing about his personal relationship 
with the Lord. As a result, today he 
and his wife are "new creatures in 
Christ," and will be baptized soon. 
Mel's oldest son, a gifted musician, 
is transferring to a Christian college 
to prepare for a full-time ministry 
in music. 

I believe God is still working in 
the hearts of people in our little 
corner of the vineyard, Mabton. 
The full impact of Mel's death will 
only be known in eternity. But 
once again, the truth of Romans 
8:28 is a promise we can claim in 
hfe-yes, and even in death. Praise 
the Lord! 



17 



as we go to press . . . 

The mortgage was burned at special services of the Brookville Grace Brethren Church 
of Brookville, Ohio, on May 7, 1978 — 16 years after the first church service. A 
dedication of the new Christian Activities Center was held on the same day. 

Rev. Ralph F. Miller has resigned as pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Parkers- 
burg, West Virginia. His future plans are indefinite. 

Robert Skeen, our missionary appointee to Africa, will be married this summer to 
Denise Adair, a missionary appointee under the Christian and Missionary Alliance. 
Miss Adair has made application to serve with Brethren Foreign Missions in Africa. 

New York (EP) — The National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ) will lead a 
boycott of the 1980 Passion Play at Oberammergau if a script portraying Jews as 
Christ killers is used, according to NCCJ president Dr. David Hyatt, He deplored 
the decision of the town council of Oberammergau, West Germany, to use an 1860 
script, alleged to be anti-Semitic, rather than a 1750 version which characterized 
Satan as the villain. 

Planning to attend this year's national conference? You won't want to miss the 
Magnificent Multimedia Musical program planned for 8:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, 
August 13. It is a Cavalcade of America production entitled, "Jesus Is Coming," 
directed by Don Newman. The Brethren Missionary Herald is sponsoring this con- 
ference highlight. 

Rev. Keith L. Zook has resigned from the Covington Grace Brethren Church of Coving- 
ton, Virginia. Mr. Zook will become pastor of the Rialto Brethren Church of Rialto, 
California, around September 15. 

Rev. William Schaffer is ministering at the Grace Brethren Church of Irasburg, 
Vermont, during July while Rev. James Hunt is in California. 

United Nations, N.Y. (EP) — Eight religious groups, including the World Council 
of Churches and the World Conference on Religion and Peace, joined 17 other inter- 
national nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in an unprecedented world forum in the 
United Nations General Assembly. The forum, devoted to disarmament issues before 
the current Special Session, marked the first time NGOs had spoken from the Assembly 
rostrum in an official meeting. U.N. leaders emphasized that such NGO participation 
is increasingly viewed as a vital element in enlisting public opinion in support of 
disarmament . 

Minneapolis (EP) — A committee of the Minnesota Medical Association is drafting 
guidelines recommending that doctors write "DNR" — for "Do Not Resuscitate" — on 
the charts of certain consenting terminally ill or severely brain-damaged patients. 
The letters "DNR" would indicate that no special action should be taken if the pa- 
tient's heart stops beating or if he or she stops breathing, problems doctors call 
acute cardiac or respiratory arrest. Dr. Ronald Cranford, neurologist at the Henne- 
pin County Medical Center here who heads the association's ad hoc committee on 
death, said the decision concerning which patients should be designated DNR would 
ri be left to the individual physician. 

■^^ The Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church family (Bethlehem, Penn.) celebrated 
^"Freedom and Liberty in Christ Day" on July 2. As part of the day's festivities, 
■p Pastor Ron Guiles was presented with the keys to a 1978 Buick Skylark. 

-"5 Taos Christian Academy will begin this fall using the Accelerated Christian Ed- 
■lo ucation program, in a new educational building dedicated by the church recently. 



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June and July are the months set apart in the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches to emphasize the needs of the Herald ministry. As 
you so well know, the types of printed material in this country have 
reached new low levels of quality. It is a compliment to call some of 
it trash. 

The ministry of the Herald is to print materials tiiat are God- 
honoring both in content and quality. We must have your help to ac- 
comphsh this work. Please give through your local congregation and 
the task will be accomplished. The goal for this year is $70,000. 



Thanks, 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald CompanY 

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Are sign gifts (miracles, speaking in tongues, 
healing) still being granted today? Is there a dif- 
ference between the gift of healing and divine 
healing in answer to prayer? Is illness in a Chris- 
tian's life caused by sin? Is the gift of tongues for 
all believers? You'll find the answers to these 
questions and a discussion of many other interest- 
ing topics in this new book by Dr. Bernard N. 
Schneider. 

The Holy Spirit and You will be the adult 
study guide for the September, October, Novem- 
ber 1978 quarter. 



A new book 
which answers 
your question 



ministry 



i^oly Spirit 
in your life 



Quantity orders for churches, received through 
November 30, 1978, will be specially priced at 
$1.75 each. 

Individual orders accepted at $3.95 each. (Please 
include your check and BMH pays postage costs.) 

Send your order to the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 
46590. 



BRETHREN MISSIONARY 




AUGUST 1978 




CRGivriMG Missions corisciousness 

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Reflections By Still Waters 



Qrass-Roots Power 



Charles W. Turner 

Editor 



There is a new sound being licard 
througliout the land, and it has all the 
marks of resounding protests. It is tak- 
ing different fonns as the cries go up. 
but it still sounds like grass-roots 
power. The wave of protest is born out 
of frustration and a feeling that 
something must be done to correct the 
course of events. 

One of the loudest protests is 
against the system of politics-always a 
dangerous subject to approach. Its 
most prominent and widely publicized 
example is Proposition 13 in Cali- 
fornia. Througli an organized cam- 
paign, the grass roots rose up and 
struck a blow at the tax system. They 
voted with great enthusiasm to pull 
back the property taxes to a level of a 
few years ago. Cries of protest went up 
that the state would collapse economi- 
cally. At the present time, it seems 
more likely that an earthquake will 
take it first. 

Another protest from the grass 

roots has to do with the subject of 

03 education. The widespread feeling that 

'^ public education is a perfect failure is 

DHOt believed only because there is 

3 nothing perfect. The introduction of 

"0 the church-related school and Chris- 

etian education is an expression of lack 

B> of confidence in the public school 

"^system (which seems to have become a 

aL massive bus route). The number of 



schools related to churches is growing 
so rapidly that it is difficult to get a 
total count. Again. California has been 
the leader in the movement, but other 
areas of the country have followed its 
lead. 

Grass-roots influence is being seen 
in many other areas. I have noted in 
my travels that grass-roots influence is 
being felt in churches througliout the 
country. There is a very definite trend 
to do it yourself, close to home-and if 
history teaches us a lesson, it is that 
once a trend begins, it usually runs its 
course. This being a logical assump- 
tion, I think the next few years will 
be interesting ones for us all. Every- 
thing will be affected in our works as 
they represent local and national 
works. The "keep it near home," 
grass-roots emphasis will have some 
positive and some negative effects, as 
all movements do. 

It could have a very definite effect 
on the Brethren Church-to stimulate 
growth. I trust it will bring growth, 
because we do need it desperately in 
our Church. The "Grow" movement 
of the past five years seems to have 
spent itself. Througliout the country 
about a dozen churches have shown 
remarkable signs of life, and yet on an 
overall stafistical basis, they have not 
been enougli to carry the Fellowship. 
This year's report shows one of the 
poorest or weakest growth patterns in 
years. When about 36,000 people can 
spiritually recruit about 100 new 
members in net growth, we have 
problems of great proportions. This 



seems to be the early report of our 
national net results for the past year. 

The base is not growing— and the 
structure will not be secure without a 
good foundation. Let us always 
remember that tlie local church, not 
the national boards, is the base. We, as 
boards, exist to serve the local 
churches. The local churches do not 
exist to serve the boards. A constant 
cry I hear repeatedly on the local level 
is that expenses are so great that it is 
difficult to keep the home base 
operating. We all know that God is 
able to meet all the needs that exist, 
but He still gives us the mental powers 
of rational minds to meet these needs. 
Costs are soaring to levels we did not 
think possible a few years ago. Build- 
ing costs, with the interest rates, seem 
like a fairy tale next to the realities of 
a dozen years ago. Can the base sustain 
its position and still foster outreach, or 
is all of this pushing us to the grass- 
roots, "do it yourself campaign? At 
the present time, I have more ques- 
tions tlian answers about what the 
next few years will hold. But it seems 
the questions are getting closer to- 
gether, and the answers are not quite 
as firm. 

We do need to see the Lord work- 
ing in the Fellowship of Grace Breth- 
ren Churches— and it must, and will, 
come from people who see that need. 
God promises to supply the growth. 
And He will— if spiritual, creative 
people will answer the call to do His 
will. May the grass roots grow deep 
and prosper. 



COVER: 

Cover illustration created by Mr. 
Meise 



Fred 



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35 Years Ago- 1943 

Chaplain Ernie F. Pine is now serving 
with the armed forces in Alaska. . . . 
The Fifty-Fourth Annual Conference 
is meeting at Winona Lake, under the 
leadership of Moderator Roy A. Pat- 
terson. . . . Gerald Poiman has been 
called to minister to the First Brethren 
Church of DanvUle, Ohio. . . . The 
mortgage was burned at the First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach, Cah- 
fornia, Pastor-Founder Louis S. Bau- 
man led the service. 

15 Years Ago- 1963 

Howard Mayes has accepted the call to 
be pastor of the Norwalk, California, 
Brethren Church. . . . Harold Filing 
will open the National Sunday School 
Association in Buffalo, New York, 
with his presidential address. . . . Ket- 
tering, Ohio, dedicates a new sanc- 
tuary. 

5 Years Ago- 1973 

Christian Education announces the ap- 
pointment of Ed Lewis to the position 
of Director of Youth Ministries. . . . 
Rev. Richard Grant arrives at Canton, 
Ohio, to assume the pastorate. He was 
at Grace Brethren in Mansfield, 
Ohio. ... A new modular parsonage 
has been erected for the Pastor and 
Mrs. Ron Thompson at Richmond, 
Virginia. 



VolumeAO Number 14 August 1978 
Published on the first and fifteenth of 
each nnonth (except— one issue only in the 
months of April, August and December) by 
The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 
P. O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Printed by BMH Printing 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 

Artist, Jane Fretz 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 
Pastor Knute Larson, Ed Lewis, Ginny 
Toroian. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 
Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 
Missions: Dr. Lester E. Piter. WMC: Linda 
Hoke. 

NEWS ITEMS contained in each Issue are 
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Dear Bro. Turner, 

We uns around here don't get much readin' materials in the mail ex- 
ceptin' the Sears-Roebuck and Monkey-Ward books twicet a year. Used 
to be we get the Missionary Herald too but soniethin' has plum gone 
wrong. The light a-comin' througli the half moon on the readin' room 
door ain't been any too good and so we sold the mule and took that 
money and put in one of them newfangled electrical liglit fixtures. You 
can imagine our surprise when we all discovered in that briglit liglit that 
the latest issue we had was a way back in February. 

Well I just feel lower than a frog in a wagon rut becauz I've done 
missed four whole months of the Herald. 

I don't know what happened but if a fellers subscription runs out 
you orter let him know. That ain't no problem at aU 'cause Ma's chick- 
ens are still a-layin' real good even though hot weathers here and 
we can take her pin money and pay for that subscription. 

Anyway it sure would be mighty nice to get that there subscription 
a-goin' again and get some new readin' material. 

Sure would be nice to get them back issues too.— California 



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How would one create football 
awareness at Ohio State University or 
at U.S.C, or at Notre Dame? That 
thought occurred to me as I looked at 
the subject assigned for a Home 
Missions workshop session. "Creating 
Home Missions Consciousness in Home 
Missions Churches." One seemed as 
silly to me as the other. Who is more 
aware of football than the Buckeyes, 
the Trojans, and the Irish; and who 
should be more conscious of Home 
Missions than Home Missions 
churches? 

Old sayings often seem rather trite, 
and yet they are perpetuated because 
they really say something. We are 
frequently reminded that "we can live 
so close to the trees that we can't see 
the forest." Being constantly reminded 
that it is a "mission church," it is very 
easy for the Home Missions church to 
forget that it is to be a church with a 
mission. 

It is very easy to so concentrate on 



being a success in and of ourselves that 
we forget the importance of being 
vitally involved in the whole program 
of God. We become so intently en- 
gaged with the greatness of our mis- 
sion that we forget for a large part 
"The Great Commission." 

The danger of becoming near- 
sighted is especially acute in the Home 
Missions church. These new churches 
are deliberately planted in strategic 
places where the harvest truly is great 
but the laborers are few. By the very 
nature of things, there must be a 
concentration in tlie local situation. 
This tends to develop nearsiglitedness. 
However, the danger of myopia is not 
confined to "mission" churches; it is 
all too prevalent in churches generally. 

In His Commission to the Church, 
our Lord Jesus Christ not only told us 
what to do, but He also told us where 
to do it. Jesus said: 

Go ye therefore, and teach [dis- 
ciple] all nations, baptizing them in 
the name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost ; Teach- 
ing them to observe all things whatso- 
ever I have commanded you: and, lo, 
am with you alway, even unto the 
end of the world. Amen (Matt. 
18:19-20). 

... ye shall be witnesses unto me 
both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, 
and in Samaria, and unto the utter- 
most part of the earth (Acts 1 :8). 
The Great Commission of the 
Lord has also been called "The march- 
ing orders for the Church," and "the 
whole work of the whole Church for 
the whole age." All that is done by the 
local church should be within the 
confines of this commission and 
should at the same time be extended 
to its far reaches. 

The work of the church is three- 
fold. First, we are to disciple all 
nations. That is evangelization, wit- 
nessing, soul-winning, or whatever else 
we might choose to call our endeavor 
to reach the unsaved. Witnessing in the 
power of the Spirit must be the 
first work of the church. It is to be the 
cutting edge. It must be out ahead of 
all else we do in the name of Christ. If 
we are not reaching people for Christ 
through the Gospel, then we cannot 
fulfill the other two aspects of our 



responsibOity. 

The second facet of our ministry is 
to baptize them. "Them" relates to 
those who have been discipled or 
saved. We are to immerse in water 
those who have confessed Jesus Christ 
as Lord. Baptism and church member- 
ship are two distinct entities, however 
they are very closely related, both 
Biblically and historically. The one 
followed the other. We make a grave 
mistake when we try to clothe baptism 
in all kinds of fancy symbolism to try 
and picture the salvation experience. 
We need to stay out of Romans 6 
altogether in relation to Christian 
water baptism. This passage does not 
refer to water baptism, and we only 
confuse the issue when we relate to it 
in this sense. Baptism relates to the 
third aspect of tlie Commission, not 
the first. 

We are given the responsibility as a 
church of teaching them, that is, we 
are to teach (instruct) those who have 
been saved and baptized. We are to 
teach them to do all things whatsoever 
He, our sovereign Lord, has com- 
manded. Notice carefully tliat Jesus 
took baptism out from among all else 
we are to teach the convert to do, and 
He put it first. It is the new believer's 
way of saying to those whom Christ 
has commissioned to teach him to do 
all things, "I am submissive to His 
lordship and am teachable; I will do 
those things 1 am tauglit through His 
Word." If the convert would refuse to 
be baptized, what grounds would the 
church have to suppose he would do 
anything else he was taught to ob- 
serve? 

The teaching ministry of the church 
is as wide as the whole Word of God, 
and if the whole counsel of God is 
taught, then God's people will be 
involved in a very wide spectrum of 
salvational-social-humanitarian activi- 
ties. 

Where is the church to carry out the 
Commission? Jesus said, "... ye shall 
be witnesses unto me both in Jeru- 
salem, and in all Judaea, and in 
Samaria, and unto the uttermost part 
of the earth." "Both" means that we 
are to be witnessing "at one and the 
same time" in all four areas. 



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The questions which naturally 
follow for some are: "Will not an 
effort to get people involved in all four 
areas tend to confuse people and 
fragmentize the smaller church? 
Shouldn't we concentrate all our 
energy and resources in establishing 
this church? How can we as a new and 
relatively small church really be 
involved in a meaningful way in all 
these areas?" 

The answer to these questions is 
implicit in the command to do it. The 
Lord would not tell us to do anything 
that would confuse and fragment. Nor 
would He encourage us to be involved 
in a global strategy if sharing our 
energy and resources would do any- 
thing but promote the health and 
growth of the local church, regardless 
of its size or newness. 

There is a way to be meaningfully 
involved in all four areas— Jerusalem, 
Judea, Samaria and the uttermost 
parts of the world— at one and the 
same time. If, in fact, we do not 
successfully do this, we may establish 
a pattern which will never be changed. 
What is done in the early life of the 
church often establishes an attitude or 
atmosphere which stymies growth 
even though it was thought in the 
beginning to be that which would 
promote it. Concentrating energies and 
resources in the local situation can be 
a subtle form of selfishness which God 
will not bless. 

We have in the Brethren Church an 
effective means of fulfilling the Lord's 
commandment. It is a means that 
works. It is certainly not the only 
means, but it is a means that has been 
proved over a long period of time. 
Sometimes we get so involved in 
looking for new ways and means that 
we forget that the old way has really 
been working. 

If we are following a strategy in 
missions that is not Bibhcal, then we 
ought to abandon it. But if it is, 
then we ought to get on with it! We 
should always be open to change 
within the framework. There is con- 
stant need for refining, improving, 
and adapting to meet new challenges. 
All this can be done without looking 
for a new horse in the middle of the 



stream. 

Jerusalem is home base. It is the 
community in which the local church 
is planted. It is the direct and primary 
responsibility of the membership of 
that assembly. The perimeters of each 
church will vary for many reasons, but 
unless the body of believers is involved 
in a soul-winning ministry which 
results in people being baptized and 
added to the body where they are 
nurtured in truth, then that church is 
not meaningfully involved in its 
Jerusalem. 

The church that neglects Jerusalem 
may place a strong emphasis on home 
and foreign missions, but it can in no 
way be said that it is fulfilling the 
Great Commission. The Lord said, "Ye 
shall be witnesses unto me both in 
Jerusalem and . . . ." The fuU-orbed 
mission church is at one and the same 
time a soul-winning church and a 
reaching-out church. 

Judea in our framework of thinking 
is what we call "district missions." 
There is great opportunity for each 
member of the local church to be 
involved in sharing a witness to those 
who are outside of their own Jeru- 
salem. Within the structure of district 
activities there is opportunity for 
occasional contact and fellowship. For 
some churches there will be the 
opportunity of becoming a mother 
church to another assembly in a 
nearby community. Through our 
prayer and giving, we can be a vital 
link in promofing, encouraging and 
assisting other mission churches as 
they carry out the Great Commission 
in their particular Jerusalem. 

Our national Home Missions' pro- 
gram gives us the means of having a 
vital and meaningful part in reaching 
our Samaria. This will involve much, 
much more than putting up posters, 
using bulletin covers and receiving a 
home missions offering each year. It 
will mean that we will be informed of 
specific needs and praying for them. It 
will mean that we will get acquainted 
with pastors and people and, as much 
as possible, to share in every way we 
can with those who are estabhshing 
beachheads in other places. We will 
not view Home Missions churches as 



separate entities, but we'll see them as 
an extension of our own witness for 
Jesus Christ. 

To minimize the importance of our 
Home Missions program is to minimize 
a vital step in God's global program. 
To maximize other aspects and neglect 
this part is to have a weak or missing 
link in a chain of outreach which will 
ultimately cause the whole to be weak. 

Few of us in the Brethren Church 
have difficulty in seeing our Foreign 
Missionary Society as a means of being 
involved in a witness to the uttermost 
parts of the world. We praise God for 
this extension of what we are en- 
deavoring to do in our Jerusalem. 

Some churches see only as far as 
their front door. Others look out of 
their front door and see only the 
uttermost parts. Our Lord gave us the 
responsibility of being witnesses at one 
and the same time in Jerusalem, Judea, 
Samaria and the uttermost parts of the 
world. 




When we endeavor to create Home 
Missions awareness in Home Mission 
churches, we are simply reminding 
them, as we should all be reminded, 
that no matter how new or small, we 
should at all times be involved in the 
global strategy of our Lord Jesus 
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Pastor Robert G. Salazar 



On a quiet hillside at the base of 
the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, on the 
grave of a great lady in the history of 
First Brethren Church of Taos, New 
Mexico, Mrs. Rubel (Eva) Lucero, rests 
the cornerstone of the first church 
building erected here. It reads, "La 
Iglesia de La Biienas Nuevas (Faith 
Gospel Mission), April 13, 1932." 
How appropriate that tliis important 
reminder of the first building effort 
rests over the grave and not buried in 
it. 

The history of the First Brethren 
Church of Taos reads like tlie New 
Testament church development. A 
young man and his wife (Rev. and Mrs. 
Rubel Lucero) came here in response 



Taos Christian Academy Dedication 



to the command of our Lord to 
evangelize the world. Those were 
hostile days for Protestant missionaries 
in a near 100 percent Catholic com- 
munity, but their persistent witness 
and testimony resulted in a handful of 
believers who met first from "house to 
house." The faith and vision of that 
humble beginning eventually brought 
them to the erection of their first 
permanent meeting place. 

In the spring of 1932, a small, but 
dedicated, group of believers huddled 
around an adobe structure and placed 
that home-made cornerstone on the 
building that would house the church. 
Little did that smaU remnant of 



believers realize on that historic day 
what God was yet to accomphsh down 
the ensuing years. 

The Scripture assures us that God is 
building His church and that ". . . the 
gates of heU shall not prevail against 
it" (Matt. 16:18). Nor persecution or 
trial of those early years discouraged 
what God had determined for His 
work in this unevangelized part of the 
worid. Consequently, the original 
adobe building was enlarged and 
remodeled on three separate occasions 
to accommodate a growing ministry. 

The need for confinued expansion, 
remodeling and construction of new 
facilities is evidence of growth. 



rrowth not only in congregational 
ze, but in ministry. How grateful we 
ere at First Brethren are that God has 
van us the vision and means to 
ontinually expand in the various 
dnistries of His work. Since that day 
I 1932, we have been privileged to 
Dth construct and dedicate a youth 
aUding, new parsonage, new church 
jditorium, and more recently a new 
lucational building. 

The Lord has blessed every step this 
jngregation has taken in faith. Under 
is direction, and with strong depend- 
ice upon Him, we have committed 
urselves to a Christian day school 
linistry. On August 28, 1978, we will 
3 privileged to open the doors to the 
aos Christian Academy, offering 
hristian education to Northcentral 
ew Mexico in kindergarten through 
igh school. We expect from 75 to 100 
udents enrolled the first year, and we 
ave reason to beheve that we will 
;ach the capacity of 200 by the 
icond or third year. 

We here in Taos are grateful for the 
dthful efforts of behevers in the past, 
i) those united today to accomplish 
lis present-day work, and certainly to 
le Lord who directs and sustains 
irough it all. Because of Him, the 
lurch is alive, well, and growing here 
I Taos! Praise God! 

Yes, the church in Taos is "alive, 
■ell, and growing!" What a fantastic 
[rod we have! From a small adobe 
uilding to a modem 300-seat audi- 
mum, from an eighth of an acre plot 
p a spacious ten acres, from a small 
bcal testimony to a 60,000-80,000 
idio-Hstening audience, from a small 
indergarten classroom to a full- 
edged Christian day school due to 
art this fall. 

On June 11, 1978, foUowing the 
loming service, we congregated in the 
;)acious 300-seat fellowship hall of 
ar new educational building to of- 
cially dedicate the new facility to the 
author and finisher of our faith." It 
as only appropriate that Rev. Robert 
hompson, a representative of The 
rethren Home Missions Council, be 
resent to address us at this historic 
'ent, for our church's success to this 
(tent would certainly not have been 
ossible without The Brethren Home 
issions Council. Though on our fifth 
ear of self-supporting status, we still 
jpreciate and depend on the assist- 
ice and counsel rendered by long 
3ars of past association. 



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Cary Engle 

Carrying 

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The building program of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Chambersburg, 
Pennsylvania, became a reality in early 
June. Under the supervision of Mr. 
Cary Engle, the first-phase building is 
now underway. The building will 
house a sanctuary, classrooms, nur- 
sery, restrooms, kitchen, social area, 
church office, pastor's office, a work- 
room, and storage rooms. 

According to Pastor Buck Sum- 
mers, "We believe a building wiO 
enhance our testimony and credibility 
in the community. A number of 
people are waiting for us to move into 
their area of town. People have already 
thanked me for the quality of our 
building plans. We are really hoping to 
be in the building by late fall." 

Area contractors wiU assist Mr. 
Engle in the church construction. 



Harry 

Fahnestock 

Tackles Hope 

Building 



Mr. Harry Fahnestock, a member of 
the Grace Brethren Church, Myers- 
town, Pennsylvania, has tackled his 
first church building program. Mr. 
Fahnestock has been employed by the 
Grace Brethren Church of Hope, New 
Jersey, to superintend their building 
program, now in progress. 

Mr. Fahnestock is a dedicated 
layman who has felt led to use his 
talents for the Lord. He will be main- 



Aiken Chooses 

"Pay as You 

Go" Plan 



The Grace Brethren Church of 
Aiken, South Carolina, has adopted an 
unusual church building plan-it's 
called "pay as you go." The plan has 
been a success to date although the 
construction period may be extended. 
This could be a small item compared 
to a big debt at the end of the building 
program. 



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A director of The Brethren Home 
Missions Council, Mr. Joe Taylor, is 
directing the building program for the 
Grace Brethren Church of Ormond 
Beach, Florida. Mr. Taylor is a retired 
architect who has been giving his 
"retiree time" to serve the Lord in 
Brethren Home Missions. 

The first big hurdle in a building 
program is "preliminary" work. This 
hurdle becomes higher each year, as 
more and more federal, state and local 
regulations and requirements become 
necessary. Ormond Beach has cleared 
this one and everything has the green 
light. 

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Church people are also being used to 
do "support'' work. 

The present building and parking 
area wUl cover about two and one-half 
acres of the seven-acre tract of church 
property. A sanctuary is planned to be 
added to the first-phase building, as 
well as an educational buUding, as 
growth demands. A recreational area is 
also planned for the site. 

The church is continuing to work 
to be known in the community and 
Cumberland Valley area. Their greatest 
effort is by means of radio. Mr. 
Summers' one-minute radio spots, "A 
Summers' Breeze," are being aired 
twice daily, Monday through Friday, 
and once each Saturday. The church is 
also planning a mail blitz and door-to- 
door canvass near the time of tlieir 
moving into tlie new building. This 



would be especially geared to the area 
surrounding their new church site. 

The church is presently working to 
build a strong foundation for ministry 
to all ages. Mr. Summers says, "It is 
my desire to see people from various 
walks of life coming to Grace Brethren 
Church. I pray that their needs will be 
met and Jesus Christ will become a 
reality in their lives. It is my prayer 
that our church will become a training 
center for the cause of Christianity. 
I trust we will see many go from our 
church into various ministries 
throughout the world, and that we will 
continue to have a strong 'home' 
church for local ministries and sup- 
port. 1 continue to hear of people in 
our area who want to be taught the 
Word of God. We desire to be known 
as a church that not only studies and 



taining his present home in Lebanon, 
Pennsylvania, while spending the work 
days on the Hope project. 

The Hope Brethren experienced 
several weeks of delay getting their 
building started due to those "prelimi- 
naries" of meeting the codes and 
requirements for tliat area. After 
surviving one buOding program at Mt. 
Laurel, New Jersey, we were aware of 
the obstacles that could be faced in 



the state of New Jersey. (Ask Pastor 
Robert Spicer.) 

Building obstacles can be discourag- 
ing to a young new pastor like Joe 
Podraza, who has a growing congre- 
gation which is meeting under difficult 
circumstances. Mr. Podraza reported 
84 in attendance on June 25 and he is 
thrilled with the way God is building 
His Church in "two ways"-one, the 
people; and two. the building itself. 



teaches the Bible, but relates it to 
peoples' daily life styles." 

Mr. Cary Engle and Rev. Buck 
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Mr. Harry MuUan has been chosen 
to superintend the buOding project 
and as you will note a lot of the 
"ground work" has been done and 
they are ready for the walls to go up. 
Incidentally, it is a lot more palatable 
to work wdth "debt-free dirt" when it 
comes to church buUding programs. 



Pastor Steve Taylor is busy building 
the church as the congregation busies 
itself with the church buUding project. 
It is a beautiful thing to see people 
and pastor working together on 
this "pay as you go" plan. 




all the legal and local work has been 
completed. The building is being 
financed by Brethren people who 
provide the funds through the Breth- 
ren Investment Foundation. The 
church property was paid for before 
the building was started. 

This new church has passed the first 

building inspection by the county as 

!^ of this copy deadline date of July 1 . 

tXThe fill was completed, the basic 

giplumbing in, and the contractor ready 

™ to pour the footer and slab. By the 

^time you read about this in your 

^Herald, it is expected that the shell 

«Cwill be complete. 

fi The projected date for the com- 



pleted building is October 1978. 
Pastor Gary Cole wiO welcome the day 
when he can forget the word "tempo- 
rary"— having met in temporary meet- 
ing places during his entire ministry. 

We are happy to report that build- 
ing progress is not the only progress 
taking place in Ormond Beach. The 
Sunday School is showing a 100 
percent increase in attendance over 
last year, with the morning service 
now averaging 55. The church was 
given a schedule for offerings needed 
to finance the building program by 
Ralph C. Hall of Brethren Building 
Ministries. The church presently is 
exceeding the minimum requirement 




for building and also the requirement 
for the 1978 budget. 




INVESTMENTS WITH ETERNAL VALUES 

This summer alone the Brethren Investment Foundation will finance 10 construction projects-for a 
total of S705,500. During the last year, SI. 25 million was loaned to Brethren churches and organiza- 
tions to finance new construction and remodeling. 

Your deposits make it happen. 

• "Investing in the BIF serves 'double duty' for us. First, it gives us a good return on our invest- 

ments. Second, it does the Lord's work, too." 

—College Professor, Imliaiui 

• "I save at the BIF because I know that my savings is used in the Lord's work of building churches 

and schools." 

—School Admiiiistrat(jr. Florida 

The Brethren Investment Foundation 



• 5'/j% Passbook Savings with inter- 
est paid from the day of deposit to 
the day of withdrawal. 

• Postage is paid on all deposits and 
withdrawals. 

Mail to: 

The Brethren 
Investment Foundation 

Box 587 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

46590 



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Street 

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Zip 



I I Yes, I want to be a part of church growth. Please send me mori 
information about opening a savings account. 

I I I am also interested in your "Golden Income" account, 
where I can receive an interest check as often as monthly. 



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Henry Rempel 

BHMC Stewardship Representative 

It was 7;30 a.m. Sunday morning 
when this writer walked into one of 
our Brethren churches and found a 
group of people gathered there. Upon 
asking the pastor about this group, he 
informed me tliese people were the 
teams which run the church's bus 
program. He went on to say that for 
each of the three buses there is a team 
of four. I was invited to meet with one 
of the teams for prayer, then each of 
the three teams went out to their 
respective buses, and off they went. 
The pastor explained how the program 
works. One is the driver, another is the 
teacher, and the remaining two are 
helpers. The pastor said this bus 
program is not merely functioning to 
bring people to church, but the Gospel 
is presented to them while the bus is 
moving. The teacher of the team leads 
the children in singing gospel songs 
during the pickup, then on the way to 
church, the teacher gives the Gospel to 
the passengers. To me that is a really 
exciting procedure. 

Here are 1 2 members of that 

church meeting at 7:30 every Sunday 

morning to perform a real ministry for 

Jesus Christ and for people. What a 

picture of Christian stewardship. What 

a tremendous example of dedicated 

time and talent for our Lord. These 1 2 

have to rise early, prepare for the 

church services, eat their morning 

meal, and arrive at the church at 7:30. 

I talked to several of these people, and 

they seemed very joyous and consider 

it a privilege to be in this work. Later 

3 on, the pastor told me that of the 

^people those buses brought to church, 

3 over a period of 3 months, 15 had 

3 been saved and united with the 

church. 

With this delightful incident as a 
background, let us notice some of the 
sayings of Christ tliat ought to chal- 
lenge every Christian to be a good 



steward in the Christian life. One day 
Jesus said, "But seek ye first the 
kingdom of God. . . ." (Matt. 6:33). 
The importance of good stewardship is 
indicated by the word "FIRST." In 
the life of the Christian, the glory of 
the Lord, the reaching of souls for 
Christ, and the promotion of the work 
of the Lord should be uppermost. The 
word "seek" in that verse indicates 
diere ought to be a definite effort 
exerted in our labors for the Lord. Of 
course, this takes time; it takes plan- 
ning; it takes DOING; and this is what 
our Lord is requesting in this text. 
Think back upon our opening story. 
Those 12 people are really devoting a 
lot of time to their efforts in the bus 
ministry. That bus program keeps all 
the passengers in the church through 
both Sunday School and the church 
service. Several junior church services 
are conducted, which last until noon. 
After that, those people have to be 
transported back to their homes. 
Time? Sure it takes time, but look at 
the results! The songwriter was so 
right when he wrote, "It pays to serve 
Jesus." 

We often hear it said that, "We 
ouglit to serve the Lord with our 
talents." Note the words of the 
Psalmist : "Praise ye the Lord. Sing 
unto the Lord a new song, and his 
praise in tlie congregation of saints" 
(Ps. 149:1). Let's think for a moment 
about the talent of a "singing voice." 
The Psalmist in this text is encouraging 
the saints to SING. SING PRAISES 
was his injunction. The ministry of 
song has brought countless people to 
the Lord. What a fine ministry a good 
church choir can render. 

Thanks to God for those who 
willingly take time to use their talent 
of singing to the Lord's glory. People 
have said they would gladly sing in the 
choir on Sunday, but they don't want 
to spend time in preparation during 
the rehearsal. Why not dedicate both 
time and talent to the Lord? 



Having touched upon the dedica- 
tion of time and talent, let us briefiy 
note the dedication of possessions-in 
one plain word, MONEY. Jesus had 
much to say along tiiis line. Let us 
note just two references. In Acts 
20:35, Luke refers to Jesus' statement, 
"It is more blessed to give than to 
receive." Many shallow-thinking 
people would not believe such an 
assertion. Christ said it, and it is true, 
nevertheless. It simply means that 
there is much more joy, contentment, 
satisfaction in GIVING, than in 
receiving. Think with me about how 
much we receive of the Lord daily— 
our health, fresh air, good food, 
clothing, a good home, plus our 
mental faculties, and much, much 
more. IT ALL COMES FROM GOD. 
He gives, and we receive. Why not then 
be willing to give a definite portion of 
our income to the Lord? God be 
thanked that in the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches we have 
many faithful tithers; may the Lord 
bless them richly. 

My dear reader, why not take 
inventory right now of your steward- 
ship. Are you giving consistendy of 
your time, your talent; and are you 
giving generously of your treasures, 
which all come from God? Can you 
testify to the statement of Christ 
when He said, "It is more blessed to 
give than to receive?" If so, then God's 
benediction of blessing will rest upon 
you, and your home church wiU 
prosper. Miglit it be so. Amen. 

(BHMC editor's note: Rev. Henry 
Rempel, as stewardship representative 
for The Brethren Home Missions 
Council, Inc., will have the newest film 
"A Gift of Love" with him. If our 
representative will not be in your 
church soon, you may schedule the 
film by writing to The Brethren Home 
Missions Council office. It is a 16mm 
color film about 28 nrinutes in length, 
and revolves around the "stewardship 
of time, talent and treasure" theme.) 



home missions 



Home Missions Men 



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The western field secretary, Rev. 
Robert W. Thompson, and director, 
James L. Custer, of The Brethren 
Home Missions Council were honored 
on June 18, 1978, when Grace Gradu- 
ate School of Long Beach, CaUfomia, 
conferred honorary degrees upon 
them. Rev. Robert Thompson received 
a Doctor of Divinity degree, and Rev. 
James Custer a Doctor of Litterarum 
degree. 

Rev. Robert W. Thompson, D.D., 
has served his entire ministry in 
Brethren Home Missions. It began 19 
years ago this August when a new 
group in Westminster, Cahfornia, 
called him to be their pastor. In those 
days he was known as "Bob" Thomp- 
son and he led that new group through 
a building program and on to become 
a self-supporting church. 

In August of 1966, Dr. Thompson 
was called to serve as the western field 
secretary for The Brethren Home 
Missions Council, and has now served 
12 years in this capacity. Dr. Thomp- 
son was saved under the ministry of 
Dr. C. W. Mayes, who was pastor of 
the "Fifth and Cherry Church" that is 
now the Grace Brethren Church of 
Long Beach, California. From the 
ministry of the local church, the Lord 
increased the burden upon Dr. Thomp- 
son to prepare for a larger ministry 
and Dr. Thompson enrolled in Biola 
College. 

This burden for the need to take 
the Gospel to a lost world increased 
from a local church vision to the city 
of Long Beach, and now for our entire 
nation. In 1977, Dr. Thompson served 



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Rev. Robert W. Thompson, D.D., western field secretary, BHMC; Dr. David L. 
Hocking, pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif.; Dr. Robert S. 
McBimie, dean, Grace Graduate School, Long Beach, Calif.; and Rev. James L. 
Custer, D.Litt., pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Columbus, Ohio. 



as moderator of the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches, the higliest 
honor in our Fellowship. 

Rev. James L. Custer was "born" in 
a Home Missions church and "bom 
again" in the former Home Missions 
church of Martinsburg, West Virginia. 
Mr. Custer's parents were a part of the 
beginning of that Home Missions 
church. 

Rev. James Custer is pastor of the 
largest Grace Brethren church in the 
East, the Grace Brethren Church of 
Columbus, Ohio, at Worthington. This 
church was started as a Home Missions 
church under the ministry of Dr. 
David Hocking in 1964; and has 
continued to be a rapidly growing 
work since its inception. Mr. Custer 
took up the leadership in 1968, and 
has seen the Lord bless with growtli in 
the local church and growth of the 
testimony for Christ in a number of 
branch churches in the Greater Colum- 
bus area. 

The Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches elected Rev. James Custer to 
the Board of Directors for The Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council in 1975, 
and he has been reelected for another 



three-year term. Mr. Custer was 
elected as moderator of our 1978 
National Conference. 

The pioneer of the Home Missions 
church in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. David 
Hocking, also pioneered the develop- 
ment of Grace Graduate Schools of 
Long Beach, Cahfornia, the school 
that conferred the honorary degrees 
upon Rev. James L. Custer and Rev. 
Robert W. Thompson. The church in 
which Dr. Thompson was saved and 
called into the ministry was the church 
in which Grace Graduate School had 
its beginning. 

Someone has said that "All fires are 
the same size when diey start," and 
this principle can be applied to Breth- 
ren Home Missions churches and 
organizations. Just as one spark starts 
all fires, a few families are used of God 
to start most new Brethren Home 
Missions churches. The Brethren Home 
Missions Council Board and its staff of 
co-workers congratulate three of our 
"boys"-"Bob," "Jim," and "Dave," 
on using that "spark" of the Gospel to 
start revival fires affecting our entire 
nation and extending to the uttermost 
p-dits.-FJP 



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From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 



D Make a note of this new address for Hazel Shively: Ex- 
tended Care of Long Beach, 3232 East Artesia Blvd. (Room 
13, Bed A), Long Beach, CaUf. 90805. 

n A new name has been selected for ihe Iowa District. The 
district will now be known as the Iowa-Midlands Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches. The word "Midlands" was 
added to recognize those churches which are included in 
the district, but are located ouside of the state of Iowa. 
Two churches were added to the membership of the district 
recently, also-Kansas City, Mo., and Longview, Texas. 

D A ground-breaking service was held on June 1 1 at the 
Grace Brethren Church of Huber Heiglits in Dayton, Ohio, 
for a new two-story educational wing. The new facility will 
include eiglit classrooms, an office, and an open basement. 
The basement area will not be finished by the construction 
company, but will be completed by the people of the con- 
gregation. 

D Chaplain James T. Elwell has been awarded the U.S. Air 
Force Commendation Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) for 
meritorious service rendered at the Seymour Johnson Air 
Force Base. The citation accompanying die award read; 
"Chaplain Elwell's outstanding professional skill, knowl- 
edge, dedication, and leadership aided immeasurably in de- 
veloping a complete and comprehensive Protestant Chapel 
Program for military and dependent personnel assigned to 
the base. The distinctive accomplishments of Chaplain 
Elwell reflect credit upon himself and the United States Air 
Force." Chaplain Elwell is currendy serving at Anderson 
Air Force Base, Guam. 

w n Dr. Raymond Gingrich held a summer Bible Conference 
"^ from July 23-30 at the Grace Brethren Church of Clear- 
ly water-Dunedin, Florida. Dr. Gingrich has also become 
g popular as the adult Sunday School teacher on a regular 
"O basis there. 
O 

g D Rev. and Mrs. RoUand Coburn have announced the birth 
of Melinda Ruth on June 21. Mr. Coburn is pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Santa Maria, Calif. 



D Indianapolis (EP)-Delegates at the Church of the Bretli- 
ren Conference meeting here voted overwhelmingly to ac- 
cept recommendations of a five-person committee that 
Brethren surrender their own handguns and support legisla- 
tion restricting availability of handguns. The vote was so 
overwhelmingly in favor of the committee's suggestions 
that no actual vote count was taken. The 1,000-meniber 
delegate body is the final authority of the Brethren in all 
matters and determines the Church's policy on issues. 

A report from a committee survey on violence and the 
use of handguns noted that gun ownership is higher among 
Brethren than among the general population of the United 
States. Members of the committee are a Federal prison 
cliaplain, a legal assistant, a former police officer, a hunter 
and a pastor. 

D Uganda— As a result of Senator Mark Hatfield's call for 
boycott of Uganda coffee purchases, at least four of Ameri- 
ca's largest importers have stopped trade with Uganda, 
bringing that country to near financial collapse. Mr, Hat- 
field, in explaining the reason for the boycott, said concern- 
ing Idi Amin's massacre of between 100,000 and 300,000 
Ugandans: "This has been one of the world's bloodiest and 
most nightmarish reigns of terror." Hopefully, the boycott 
and the financial crisis it has caused will bring Amin's 
dictatorship to reform. In the meantime, pray for the 
suffering Christians in Uganda. 

D The First Brethren Church of Wooster, Ohio, is the base 
for a unique "pick-a-partner" plan which operates for the 
benefit of elderiy and shut-in people. A couple (or youth) 
assumes personal interest in a needy person and shows kind- 
nesses to him: visits, anniversary remembrances, shopping, 
doctor visits, legal counsel, Bible-reading-prayer visits, and 
so on. This program is under the direction of the Home De- 
partment of the Bible School. 

D The new Grace Brethren Church of Auburn, Calif., has 
called Mr. Duane Jones to serve as pastor. Mr. Jones will be- 
gin after December 25. 



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Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest always 
upon, these new families who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six-month free subscription to the Herald is given to 
newlyweds whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

Vanessa Minnixx and Blaine Cahill, May 20, Clearbrook 
Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 
Karisse Cone and Paul Moore, June 3, Winona Lake Breth- 
ren Church, Winona Lake, Ind. Karisse is the daugliter of 
Mrs. George Cone. 

Mary Ellen McCluskey and Kevin W. Fulton, June 10, First 
Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. 

Margaret Calhoun and James Shelton, June 11, Clearbrook 
Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 

Marian Wehr and Donald Foulks, June 17, Grace Brethren 
Church of St. Petersburg, Fla. 

Sandra Stephens and David Jackson, July 1, First Brethren 
Church, Dayton, Ohio. 



D New York (EP)-Statistics compiled by the Episcopal 
Women's Caucus show that 73 of 113 women Episcopal 
priests are serving in church-related positions. The statistics 
reflect the status of women clergy from Jan. 1, 1977, when 
the first woman was ordained a priest under the 1976 
Canon, through the end of April 1978. In a related statistic, 
there are 256 women clerics in the Episcopal Church's eight 
domestic provinces residing in 74 dioceses. Nineteen of the 
church's 93 U.S. dioceses reported no women clerics. 

D Salisbury (EP)— Eight missionaries and four of their chil- 
dren were killed at the Ehm Mission Emmanuel School in 
the Vumba Mountains along the Mozambique border. Black 
students at the school, which is operated by a Pentecostal 
group based in Cheltenham, England, said the terrorists 
carried rifles and wore knitted caps. One said the gunmen 
identified themselves as "freedom figliters from ZANU"- 
the Zimbabwe African National Union, headed by Robert 
Mugabe. 

D New York (EP)-The evangelist Billy Graham was named 
the highest achiever in the field of reUgion in a poll of teen- 
agers taken by the Ladies Home Journal. "God came in 
second," according to the magazine. 

The report by Mary Susan Miller appearing in the July 
issue of the Journal was based on a survey of 800 junior 
and senior high school students in five cities— Clearwater, 
Fla.; Montrose, Colo.; Bloomington, Ind.; Kirkwood, Mo.; 
and New York. 

Adolph Hitler and Anita Bryant were cited as the man 
and woman who have "done the most damage to the 
worid." Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt were 
viewed as the man and woman who have "done the most 
good for the world." 

n Minneapolis (EP)— Si.x organizations that undergjrd Billy 
Graham's evangelistic ministry had combined revenues of 
$38.4 million in 1977, but they failed to cover expendi- 
tures, leaving a combined deficit of $3.2 million. Although 
the financial picture for the first five months of 1978 has 
improved, officials at Mr. Graham's worid headquarters in 
MinneapoUs are studying possible cutbacks in the operation 
to avoid another deficit this year. 

Last year, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association 
made public its first financial statement. A new statement 
released June 23 covers, for the first time, the finances of 
five Graham affiliate organizations, as well as the associ- 
ation. 

The Graham association alone last year had revenues 
totaling $27.7 million, down $1 million from 1976. Asso- 
ciation expenditures totaled $30.4 million in 1977 com- 
pared with $27.7 mUlion for 1976. 

D This issue of the Herald is the only issue you will receive 
during August. This magazine contains all the material 
usually included in the two issues you receive each month. 



cnanae your annual 

David Marksbury, 11148 Bingham St., Cerritos, Cahf. 

90701; phone 213/924-4744 David Goodman, 2315 W. 

Rhodes, Anaheim, Calif. 92801. 



D Washington, D.C. (EP)-The annual survey oi Corrections 
Magazine shows that the U.S. prison populadon appears to 
have unexpectedly stabilized, with only a five percent in- 
crease last year. Figures show the number of federal and 
state prisoners increased by 12,987 to 294,896 between 
Jan. 1, 1977 and Jan. 1, 1978. Prison officials had pre- 
dicted that the figure would exceed 300,000 by Jan. 1 of 
this year. 

D San Francisco (EP)-Alcohol use is portrayed on U.S. 
television at a frequency greater than its use in everyday 
Hfe, with the result that TV, in effect, seems to "promote" 
drinking, according to a three-year study funded by the 
Narional Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The 
report was prepared by the Scientific Analysis Corp. of San 
Francisco. Dr. Warren Breed, principal researcher for the 
study, said that drinking is shown all too often on TV as a 
"normal" response to stress or crisis. 

D New York (EP)-Charitable giving in the U.S. in 1977 
rose to $35.2 biUion, of which $16.54 billion, or 47 per- 
cent, went to religion, according to the 1978 annual report 
of Giving USA. 

Health and hospitals received $4.76 billion, 13.6 per-' 
cent of the total; education: $4.66 billion, 13.2 percent; 
social welfare: $3.46 billion, 9.8 percent; arts and humani- 
ties: $2.21 billion, 6.3 percent; civic and public: $1.09 bil- 
lion, 3.1 percent; and "other": $2.48 billion, 7 percent. 

The total 1977 giving of $35.2 billion is a significant 
increase over the $29.42 billion the year before. Religion 
continued to receive the smallest share of giving from foun- 
dations in 1977-2 percent of the total, or $17 million of 
$770 million distributed. In 1977, education received the 
largest share of foundation giving— 26 percent, or 3,068 
grants totaling $200 million. Religion received 460 of the 
14,276 grants given by foundations. 

D New York (EP)— A Jewish Sabbath Prayerbook, using fe- 
male imagery for God, has been prepared by two members 
of the Brown University Women's Minyan (congregation) in 
Providence, R.I. The prayerbook includes lines such as 
"Blessed is She who in the beginning, gave birth . . . Blessed 
is She whose womb protects all creatures . . . Blessed is She 
who nourishes those who are in awe of her . . . ." 



Notices in tinis column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

The July 1, 1978, issue of the Herald Hsted a notice of the death of 
Douglas Westfall. The notice should have read Mrs. Douglas 
(Margaret) Westfall. BMH regrets the error 

HILEMAN, Beatrice K., 95, June 15, loyal member of the 
First Brethren Church, Lanham, Md., for 74 years. W. 
Russell Ogden, pastor. ^ 

LA YMAN, Ray L.. 72, June 1 1 , member of Grace Brediren 5 
Church, York, Pa. Services were conducted in Waynesboro, ^ 
Pa., by Rev. Wendell Kent and Rev. Kenn Cosgrove. Kenn ^ 
Cosgrove, pastor. ^ 

PENNINGTON, Mary E.. April 1 0, faithful member of First « 
Brethren Church, Lanham, Md., W. Russell Ogden, pastor. 2. 
RAMBO. Grace, Jan. 25, wife of the late Rev. Ralph ^ 
Rambo. *3 




FAIS editor's note: A I and Elsie 
Balzcr went to Africa 32 years ago. 
They faithfully served the Lord, 
each in a different capacity. In 1976, 
Mrs. Balzer was diagnosed as having a 
very serious illness. Elsie was called 
home to be with her Saviour on April 
26. 1978. The following are articles by 
two missionaries who served with 
Elsie. Mrs. Wayne (Dorothy) Beaver 
served in Africa from 1944 to 1971. 
Mrs. Don (Lois) Miller went to Africa 
in 1951 and is presently there. 



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Mrs. Wayne Beaver 

The few missionaries who were 
on the Brethren field in French 
Equatorial Africa at the close of 
World War II rejoiced to hear that 
one of their most urgent prayer 
requests was being answered. At 
last a bona fide builder was being 
sent to the field! Prospects for many 
new workers were great. Plans were 
being fonnulated for a great surge in 
the work that God was blessing so 
wonderfully. Houses for new person- 
nel, a Bible Institute, a printing and 
literature center, a medical center, a 
Christian higli school, more permanent 
church buildings, and many other 
structures were needed. Now God, 
who had promised to supply all our 
needs, was sending out a skilled 



builder. He had prepared him and 
blessed him with prosperity in the 
building boom in CaUfornia. He 
could have made a fortune there, 
but instead he and his wife chose to 
lay up treasure in heaven. 

What would they be like, these 
BalzerS"Al and Elsie? We had been 
told that they were leaving a beautiful 
home in the states, a dear adopted son, 
beloved parents and other loved ones. 
They were planning to bring a house 
trailer and live in it as they moved 
from one building site to another. 

Would the builder's wife be content 
with this type of life? Was she as 
dedicated as he? Wliat would she do? 
What would be her role? We soon 
found out. These dear people moved 
riglit into the hearts of everyone, both 
black and white. Their love for their 
Lord and joy in having the privilege of 
serving Him blessed all our hearts. 

We soon learned that the build- 
er's pretty little partner had been 
looking forward to the mission field 
in Africa ever since she was a Uttle 
girl. She first heard of French Equa- 
torial Africa while perched on the lap 
of Allen Bennett, a young Biola 
student who often visited the warm, 
hospitable home of Elsie's parents who 
were also students at Biola. After 
many years, God had answered her 
prayers and brought her to the very 
field where her childhood hero had 



laid down his young life at tlie very 
outset of his ministry. 

Dear Elsie— warm, loving, tender, 
earnest, and so happy in the service 
of the King-how she blessed our 
hearts! God had given her a beauti- 
ful soprano voice to sing His praises 
and warm the hearts of her brothers 
and sisters in Christ. How glorious- 
ly she sang! "The Love of God," 
"Is Your All on the Altar?" "Angels 
Never Felt the Joy that Our Salvation 
Brings," and "How Great Thou Art" 
were some of the songs that will 
always be associated witli her. 

She immediately set to work 
with her violin and voice to help 
the Africans with their singing. Wher- 
ever Al was building, Elsie started 
choirs. No wonder the Africans called 
her their Maman ti 5(a— "Mother of 
Song." 

She worked tirelessly teaching 
them to sing, read and write, sew, 
serve, and share the glorious good 
news that God so loved the world 
that He gave His Son to die to redeem 
lost mankind. Whatever she did, she 
did heartily as unto the Lord. And she 
did so much! She was such a good, 
loving wife to her dear Al. She rejoiced 
in preparing delicious meals for him 
and their many guests. An invitation 
to Balzer's home was always accepted 
with joyful anticipation. Their many 
little homes, some very tiny, some just 
storerooms, were soon made attractive 
by this clever little lady, who skillfully 
decorated them into cozy, comfort- 
able nests for the pair of lovebirds. 
Their love for one another and for 
their Lord grew with the years and 
blessed us all. 

Wherever she lived, Elsie planted. 
She left lovely flowers and fruit trees 
on every station. But the planting, 
sowing, watering, and nurturing of the 
seed of the Word of God occupied 
most of her time. Most afternoons 
found her out in the villages witnessing 



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to all who would listen. Her tender, 
loving telling of Jesus, in the power of 
the Spirit, was used of God in melting 
many hearts, sin hardened for years, 
and turning them to the Saviour. What 
joyous tales of miraculous conversions 
she shared with her brothers and 
sisters in Christ, challenging us all to 
be more dOigent in taking every 
opportunity for Christ. 

Many whom she had the joy of 
pointing to the Saviour preceded 
her to heaven. It is a joy to think of 
the warm welcome she received 
from them and her dear parents and 
fellow workers who are there. But 
most of all, it is a joy to think of 
her delight in at last seeing Him 
whom she loved so dearly and hearing 
Him say, "Well done, dear daughter, 
you brought Me much joy with your 
glad service. Now enter into My 
eternal joy." 

AH who knew and loved Elsie 
will miss her so very much. But the 
lovely fragrance of her life, like the 
flowers she planted and left behind, 
Ungers with us. May we, as she was, 
be more diligent, more dedicated, 
more delighted to serve our King. 
And may we, with her, see Him 
soon. Even so come, Lord Jesus! 
We love You! Help us to live for the 
praise of Your glory tOl we too shall 
see You face to face. 



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Mrs. Don Miller 

Several months ago, during a 
testimony time in the Bible Insti- 
tute chapel hour, one of the profes- 
sors made a statement that Mrs. 
Balzer was the greatest soul winner 
he ever knew. He said she was always 
out talking to people about the Lord. 



That was true. 

Personally, I just have to tell you 
what Elsie Balzer meant in my life. 
I can hardly remember a time when 
we conversed together that she did 
not bubble over and tell me what 
tlie Lord meant to her. She would 
tell me of incidents about how she 
was introducing people to her lovely 
Lord. 

Years ago, my first impressions 
and glances of Elsie were that she 
could make any place home. She 
opened the doors of her home and 
welcomed people anytime. She was 
a super hostess and happy home- 
maker. As the mission builder's 
wife, she moved and traveled with 
Al wherever his work took him. 
And soon the pretty curtains, flowers, 
and other special touches made a 
comfortable home for her husband 
and her friends— her families in the 
Lord. She did not complain about 
these numerous moves, but pulled up 
stakes and immediately became busily 
involved in reaching people at the new 
place. 

I have many good definite remem- 
brances of Elsie. It was the normal 
thing for her to go out in village 
evangelization almost every afternoon. 
Pouring rain, hot weather, swarming 
gnats, and sligirt illnesses did not 
usually stop her. If she got stuck in the 
mud, she got pushed out and was off 
again in her little Volkswagen. Before 
their retirement, something became 
wrong with the muffier and the 
httle bug made a racket, so the people 
called the car "The HeUcopter." 

One of her talents was to train 
choirs. At one time, her voice started 
to give out. She talked to the Lord 
about this and told Him she would not 
stop using her voice, but would give it 
to Him no matter what. 

One afternoon when she was 
home here on Bible Center Station, 
the rain was pouring down. A group 



of children found shelter under a 
roof behind her house. She did not 
get annoyed by their noise. What 
did Elsie do? She called them in to 
sit by her fireplace, and while they 
dried off she "told them about Jesus." 

To sum up Elsie's life in Africa, I 
will quote an African brother; "The 
Balzers loved us. They said when 
they left for America this last time, 
'We will see you brothers and sisters 
in heaven.' " 

There will be many, many people in 
heaven from two continents because 
of Elsie's faithful witness. She was 
always abounding in the work of the 
Lord. 

Wlien we heard of Elsie's home- 
going, we asked her African friends 
to write letters to her beloved hus- 
band. Here are some phrases out 
of those letters about Elsie: 

"She was like a mother who gave 
birth to me." 

"The gift of Mrs. Balzer who 
came to our land was to hunt many 
people for God." 

"Truly we remember the good 
work that our sister made in our 
midst in the name of Christ Jesus. 
Because of this, we shall not forget 
her." 

"Mrs. Balzer did many good things 
for us when she was in Africa. She did 
the work of the Lord much. She was a 
woman who did many great works for 
her Lord." 

"I thank God much that Mrs. 
Balzer grabbed strength all the time. 
She did God's work always." 

"We shall not forget her love for 
she showed things to the children 
of Africa." 

"She has gone to rest. All things 
are in God's hands." 

There was a sweet, wholesome 
fragrance in the Balzers' lives. It 
was the fragrance of Christ within 
them. It still lingers, and this is why 
we cannot forget the Balzers. 



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Another new appointee will be leaving this 
fall for language school! Miss Carolyn Kodear 
will be going to Albertville, France, before slie 
travels to the Central African Empire for mis- 
sionary setrice. God has faithfully led Carolyn 
in this )iew part oflierlife. Listen as she gives 
her testimony. 



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I praise God that He is always faith- 
ful-even when we fail. He has given us many 
promises, one of which is "Trust in the Lord 
with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine 
own understanding. In all thy ways acknowl- 
edge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Prov. 
3:5-6). As 1 look back over my life to this 
point, I can see the Lord's leading in so many 
ways. 

I was born into a Christian home and 
learned about Jesus early. As a child of seven, 
I knelt beside my mother one day. She 
explained the simple facts of salvation and I 
accepted Christ as my personal Saviour. It 
was not until I was about 1 2, however, that I 
began to see that Jesus must be Lord, as well. 

One night I attended a special series of 
meetings at the Grace Brethren Church of 
Long Beach. I do not remember whether the 
meetings had a missionary or evangelistic 
theme, but I will never forget the closing 
song. As the congregation sang, "Is your all 
on the altar of sacrifice laid, your heart does 
the Spirit control? You will never have rest or 
be perfectly blessed 'till your all on the altar 
is laid," I knew I needed to surrender my life 
to Jesus as Lord. Quietly 1 bowed my head 
and told Christ I would do whatever He 
wanted me to do. Surrendering one's life to 
God does not mean God will call you as a 
missionary, but from that time on, 1 felt God 
wanted me to be a foreign missionary. 

The next years were spent in learning, 
growing, and serving Christ. I was privileged 
to attend Christian elementary, junior high, 
and high schools where many of my teachers 
were missionaries on furlough or in training. 
They intluenced my life in more ways than I 
can possibly tell. 

God also granted me many opportunities to 
serve Him through my church (Long Beach 
Grace Brethren) as a VBS teacher, Sunday 
School teacher, secretary, and the last few 
years as kindergarten superintendent, Junior 
Church leader, deaconess, and Pioneer Girls 
guide. Each opportunity afforded its own 
blessings and learning experiences. 

During this time, I was also privileged to 
attend many missionary conferences. It was 
during one of these that I first made public 
my desire to serve as a foreign missionary. As 
it came time to pick a career and a college, 
God again faithfully directed my path, and I 
enrolled at Biola as a nursing major. 



Upon graduation from Biola. I souglit the 
Lord's will as to a job. Was it time now to 
leave for missionary service? As a nurse, jobs 
are relatively easy to find, so I asked the Lord 
to please make it difficult if He did not want 
me to stay in America. 1 also knew that most 
nursing jobs require Sunday work and this 
would mean giving up teaching Sunday 
School. I knew I would have to trust the Lord 
in this area, too. Again the Lord marvelously 
guided and provided. 

The first job 1 inquired about was an 
operating room position. This is a specialty 
for which I had no training, yet they agreed 
to train me. It is also a Monday through 
Friday job! Although I was happy with 
my job, I continued to seek God's guidance 
regarding missionary work. During this time, I 
was privileged to visit several foreign countries 
which served to strengthen my desire for 
missionary service. 

As surely as God led me into the world of 
an operating room nurse. He led me out. I 
developed an allergy to all surgical gloves, 
including the so-called non-allergenic type! 
Although I would miss the operating arena, 
I knew now was the time. With peace and 
excitement, I applied for mission service-first 
with the Foreign Missionary Society of the 
Brethren Church, and then with an inter- 
denominational mission. I asked God to 
please open the one of His choice or guide me 
to another. Again, God was faithful, for 
although both boards accepted me, God 
slowly but surely led me to the Brethren 
Foreign Missionary Society-even overruling a 
lost letter. 

Last August, a letter was sent from the 
Foreign Missionary Society to the African 
Field Council for their approval of me, but it 
never arrived. In the meantime, the other 
board invited me to their staff training 
session. In my human understanding, 1 would 
probably have accepted this position, but God 
had a different plan. I not only received no 
peace about going, but God had Uncle Sam 
send me a jury summons for the very days of 
the training session! Almost a year to the day 
from the time 1 first applied with the Foreign 
Missionary Society, I received a letter saying 1 
had been accepted by the field. Words cannot 
describe the joy, peace, and excitement that I 
felt as I saw a dream begin to come true. 

The year of approval was not a wasted year 



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either, for it, too, was in God's path for me. 
During this year, God provided a job with 
flexible hours so that 1 could return to school. 
In September, I enrolled in Grace Graduate 
School of Theology. Even here. I see God's 
guidance. As 1 looked forward to finishing my 
master's degree in missions, 1 realized 1 would 
be three classes short of completion. But God 
was way ahead of my need. Because 1 had 
been accepted by the other mission, 1 was 
invited to attend their Graduate School of 
Theology. Of the many classes they offer in 
June, all three classes 1 needed were offered. 
Truly God does all things well! 

As I look forward to sei^vice in Africa, I 
think of both the past and the future. Al- 
though God never chose to impress me with a 
particular country of service, I feel lie has 
been leading me to Africa. From the time I 
first felt God's call, 1 always considered Africa 
a possibility: but soon, Lord willing, it will be 
a reality. 

My service as a foreign missionary will 
begin this fall in France where I will be in 
language study for a year. Upon arriving in 
Africa, I will (after learning Sango!) be 
teaching sucli nursing-related classes as nutri- 
tion and hygiene. I will also be teaching some 
Bible classes and discipling the women and 
children. 1 am sure God will have other areas 
of service for me as well, but 1 leave that in 
His hands for surely God does direct our 
paths. 

God is guiding Carolyn as she prepares for 
Africa. A new appointee is on lier way' Will 
you support Iter in prayer and giving? 



I Will Follow 



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Be^vare the Bargain Basement 
(and Other Hints on Giving) 



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Reprinted by permission from the 
March 1978 issue o/MOODY MONTH- 
LY. Copyright 1978, Moody Bible In- 
stitute of Chicago. 



From the church and from prayer 
letters and mission appeals come 
pleas for increased giving. How much 
should a missionary cost ^ And how 
much of the money given does the 
missionary actually receive? Armed 
with these and other questions, 
MOODY MONTHLY mission editors 
Howard Whaley and Kay Oliver 
interviewed Dr. Wade Coggins, 
execu live director of the Evangelical 
Foreign Missions Association (EFMAj 
and Edwin (Jack) Frizen, executive 
director of the Interdenominational 
Foreign Mission Association (IFMAj. 

Foreign missions is not only a spiritual 
ministry-it is also big business. Recent 
reports indicate that the IFMA and the 
EFMA show a combined income of 
more than $221 million. If you divide 
the combined missionaries (13,448) 
into that total, you get an annual 
figure of 516,500 per missionary. 
Isn't that higli? 
COGGINS: Well, these figures 
obviously divide out that way. But 
that $221 million covers many other 
things besides personnel. 



00 What are some of the "other things"? 
"^ COGGINS: Large institutions, large 
S facilities such as broadcast stations, 
'g hospitals, schools, and ministries of 
that nature. A tremendous amount of 
missions e.xpenditure is now related to 
personnel costs. 

FRIZEN: On the average, $16,500 
would be high for a missionary. 



Wade Coggins and Jack Frizen 



But isn't it true that some missionaries 
receive more than the average layman 
earns in a year? 

FRIZEN: That may be possible. It 
does cost a lot of money to send and 
keep a missionary unit overseas. In 
most countries living costs are up, the 
exchange rate for the dollar has fallen, 
and inflation is in the double figures. 
Then, too, total missionary support 
includes housing, vehicle allowance, on 
field transportation, travel to and from 
the field, insurance, retirement, and 
ministry funds. So just comparing the 
missionary's income to an income in 
this country can be deceptive. 

Does all of my contribution go 
directly to support the missionary? 

FRIZEN: In one way, yes. But not all 
of it ends up in his pocket. The 
missionary is the heart of the mission; 
all funds support the total ministry of 
the missionary. Some of that ministry 
is to recruit co-workers, to represent 
the mission in schools and churches, to 
develop materials for ministry, and to 
train national believers to share in the 
ministry. 

So the missionary must raise money 
for more than his support. Is that fair 
for hun and the churches who have to 
pay it? 

COGGINS: 1 don't think it is a matter 
of fairness, but of information. The 
support figure is carefully detemiined 
to enable the missionary unit to 
accomplish its task. The missionary 
understands this. However, the 
formula employed to arrive at the 
support figure should be clearly 
communicated to the supporting 
churches. 



Many young people today say, "I 
could see myself as a missionary, but 
I can't see myself going out and raising 
support." Is having to "raise support" 
a major problem? 

COGGINS: This certainly is a problem 
to some. But others are more assertive. 
They very openly say, "I'm going into 
this work, and if you are willing to 
share in my ministry, here's how you 
can do it." They find real interest and 
prayer support on the part of the 
people who contribute to their 
ministry. 

Mr. Frizen, as executive director of the 
IFMA which is made up of tradition- 
ally faith missions, how do you view 
raising support? 

FRIZEN: It's not raising support, but 
lowering it from heaven! Our member 
missions view it as gathering die 
support the Lord provides through His 
church for the work of the Gospel. 
People who pray for an individual 
missionary and mission projects also 
want to give. 

People sometimes wonder if they are 
gettuig a good return on the funds 
they are investing in a particular 
missionary. How do you evaluate 
whether a missionary is worth the 
cost? 

FRIZEN: Mission sociedes do a great 
deal of evaluation. Currently a task 
group from the IFMA and EFMA are 
studying with the Association of 
Church Mission Committees (ACMC) 
ways to make these evaluations 
available to churches and mission 
supporters. 

Wouldn't that be impossible when 
you consider the number of 
supporting churches the average 
missionary has? 



FRIZEN: That's precisely it. The 
difficulties multiply with missionaries 
who have from 25 to 50 different 
sources of support. I don't think any 
mission agency would hesitate in 
giving a major supporter all of the 
information they need about their 
missionary. The supporting home 
church should receive all the 
information it can use. 

I sense that the mission agencies wish 
the churches would be more intel- 
ligently involved with their missionary 
on the field. What is being done to 
encourage this partnership? 
COGGINS: First, the missions 
themselves have been trying to 
stimulate this sense of partnership 
because they exist to serve the church. 
In addition, the ACMC has grown out 
of a concern shared by laymen, 
pastors, and missions people. ACMC 
is primarily a mission education 
function aimed at the missions 
program in the local church. ACMC 
pubUshes materials, and holds 
regional and national conferences for 
church missions committees. 

Does this mean that individual 
missionaries are likely to get some 
more questionnaires to fill out on the 
field? 

FRIZEN: We hope not! More and 
more missionaries are concerned 
about the time it is taking them to fill 
out lengthy and often irrelevant 
questionnaires. Not only do some of 
these questionnaires not ask the right 
questions, but there also is some doubt 
that the church will actually do 
anything with the data it gathers. The 
missionary usually hears nothing 
unless it is that his support has been 
cut. 

Is it better to support a small family 
rather than a large one? The larger 
family is seemingly not doing any 
more mission work for the money. 
COGGINS: I'd like to challenge the 
assumption that the size of the family 
determines the support level. That 
isn't always true. A number of missions 
in both the IFMA and EFMA assign a 
family support figure and leave the size 
of famOy up to the couple. 

Inflation pushes up the support 
needs of missionaries. Is there some 



point beyond which North American 
missionaries are just too expensive? 
COGGINS: What do you mean by 
"too expensive"? The Great Commis- 
sion continues: missionaries are to 
evangelize until our Lord returns. It's 
highly invalid to say that responsibility 
to fulfill the Great Commission ends 
when the price gets too high. We may 
need to find alternatives, however, to 
sending North Americans. 

Someone suggests that rather than 
fund North American missionaries 
in an economy where it may take 
$16,000 to keep them, we ought to 
support three or four national 
workers. They already have the 
language and can get by on a lower 
support level. Is that a valid 
alternative? 

COGGINS: On the surface this looks 
like a ready-made solution. However, 
a number of questions need 
affirmative answers. For example, are 
adequately trained workers available? 

In some countries it might be 
possible to go to a village and give a 
lowly trained person the equivalent of 
SI 5 per month and then say that you 
are supporting an evangehst. But he 
will live and work as he's done before, 
with some money for travel. Basically 
that's the only difference. There are 
people who are doing this and contend 
that they have found a way to beat the 
high cost of missions. 

On the other hand, if you try to put 
an Indian pastor in Bombay you're 
going to find that he has tremendous 
housing and living expenses. In many 
instances the alternatives are not 
always as economical as it first might 
appear. 

FRIZEN: The church ought to first 
provide finances and personnel for 
the evangeUzation of its own area. 
Then it should send missionaries in 
cross-cultural ministry. When this 
happens we call it Third World 
missions. Churches in Africa, Asia, and 
Latin America are becoming more 
involved in cross-cultural ministries. 

How are these Third World 
missionaries funded? 
FRIZEN: Their support comes mainly 
from their own churches, as it should. 
However, western churches can also 
give if they are certain that the funds 
are used responsibly and that the 



foreign missions 

workers are supervised. 

How could a person or a church 
support Third World believers? 
COGGINS: Mission societies know of 
many projects and schools that need 
more funds than the local churches 
can supply. North American money 
could be effectively used without 
taking the initiative away from the 
national church or creating a 
dependency on foreign money. 

Do any mission needs frequently get 
overlooked? 

FRIZEN: One real need is the general 
fund, which supplies expenses to fund 
the mission. These funds are used 
strategically by the mission 
administration to back up the 
missionaries on the field. These 
accounts are always the first to suffer 
when money gets tight. Every mission 
donor ought to consider designating at 
least 10 percent of his gifts for the 
general fund of the mission agency. 

One mission indicates that it spends 
16 percent for administrative costs 
while another mission reports only 
spending 3 percent for the same 
category. Why such a discrepancy? 
COGGINS: Different accounting 
systems are used. Sometimes personnel 
at headquarters are Usted as mission- 
aries under support, whUe other 
missions calculate these salaries as 
administrative costs. But any mission 
that says it's covering administration 
costs on 3 percent is either not 
administering or it's not reporting 
correctly. 



Some people say, "I want every cent 
I give to missions to go directly to 
evangelism." Does that reflect a true 
understanding of the Great 
Commission? 

FRIZEN: The Great Commission is to 
go and make disciples. This means 
winning people to Christ. But 
evangelism is only the beginning. 
Many other legitimate activies are 
involved in fulfilling the Great 
Commission. To name a few, Bible 
schools, leadership training, literacy 
work, Bible and Christian book 
translation, and production of 
materials for lay training are all 
essential to carrying out the Great 
Commission. 



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Earle and Dorothy Hodgdon and their children Phillip, Allen, Fred- 
erick and Beverly 






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Earle and Dorothy Hodgdon 

The time: 1967. Occasion: 
Our trip to Capaneina to visit 
the Ralph Schwartz family 
who were then packing to go 
home on furlough. That night, 
Ralph started the generator so 
we could have lights, since city 
electric had not arrived yet. 

At that time, we didn't 
know that 1 1 years later, we 
too would be packing to leave 
Capanema. How does it feel to 
be moving on, leaving old 
friends and neighbors after 10 
years of ministry? There is 
always the excitement and 
wonder of what the Lord has 
in store and of the prospects 
of a new location. But there is 
also the flood of memories of 
past victories-souls saved and 
baptized. Some who were just 



children are now young adults 
getting married. And some of 
our friends we have buried, 
like Sr. Pedro who died last 
year. His wife and two young- 
er sons, saved after he died, 
are still faithful. 

We remember when we first 
moved into the old mud 
house, how every morning the 
living room would be full of 
bats flying in all directions. 
Eventually most of them left. 
Then there was the meeting in 
the home of Maria Oliveira 
when her husband finally 
accepted the Lord. Our Satur- 
day night youth meetings 
began at the house, but are 
now held at the church. 

The old '51 Chevy Carry- All 
was good transportation ex- 
cept when it rained. Then 
everyone got wet-either from 



the missing windows, or holes 
in the body. I still remember 
emptying large quantities of 
water out of my right shoe— 
the vent poured water in over 
the accelerator! Then there 
was the time we went out the 
old Para-Maranhao road to Km 
83 for a meeting and the dust 
was so bad it even filled the 
distributor and stalled the 
engine going downhill. Visi- 
bility was "0" inside the car. 

In 1970, we sold the 
"Pretlood," as she was nick- 
named because of age, and got 
a used Jeep station wagon- 
quite an improvement! But 
while transportation im- 
proved, and church attendance 
improved with the addition of 
several new families, our poor 
house was suffering. Dot 
noticed that the west bedroom 
wall was developing a de- 
cidedly outward bulge. When 
we rebuilt in 1972, we dis- 
covered why— the termites had 
removed all the wood from 
the supporting timbers. When 
the workmen removed the 
mud, the walls fell like those 
of Jericho! 

In 1970, after returning 
from furlough, we began to 
work at Km 74 on the Para- 
IVIaranhao road. Early the next 
year the congregation in Km 
47 asked for help from the 
Capanema church. We made a 
trip every week on Thursday 
and left someone in Km 47. 
Then we would go on to Km 
74. This was during a time 
of road construction. The road 
was completely torn up and 
axle-deep in mud. There were 
no alternate routes. Once we 
were even pulled up the hill 
into Km 47 by a D8 Cater- 
pillar. Everybody could slide 
back down the hill all right. As 
the expression in Brazil goes, 
"when you are going downhill, 
all the Saints help." These 
were the times we thanked the 
Lord for the four-wheel drive 



Jeep. We never got stuck, but 
had a lot of close calls. In two 
and a half years, we only 
missed two meetings because 
trucks were stuck in the road 
and there was no way to get 
around them. Now the road is 
all smooth and paved. The 
only problem is the bridge 
over the Gurapi River— it fell 
in recently! A barge takes cars 
and trucks across now. 

At the church in Capanema, 
the men built an inside bath- 
room-the first in the fellow- 
ship here-and fixed up the 
church for National Confer- 
ence. We have been hosts four 
times in ten years and really 
enjoy it. In fact, the whole 
church gets a big boost from 
entertaining Conference. 

Progress keeps coming. The 
lights for the Christmas pro- 
gram had to be dimmed by big 
jars of salt water in the past. 
Last year our son, Phillip, did 
it with electronics. 

But what really makes a 
church isn't the program, it's 
the people. We have thrilled to 
see the Lord working in the 
lives of one person after 
another. There is Raimunda. 
Her grandmother was pos- 
sessed and could open any 
lock with a hair from her 
head. Her mother isn't much 
different, and when I met 
Raimunda at one of our 
believer's homes, she was 
greatly involved in spiritism. 
She did listen to the Gospel, 
and a few months later she 
was saved. Shortly thereafter, 
her husband accepted Jesus, 
too, and they both give testi- 
mony to a home transformed 
by the power of the Gospel. 

Then there are the sad times 
when a Uttle one dies and we 
have to make a trip to the 
cemetery. Even sadder times 
are when a man whom we 
thought God was going to use 
turns out to be a deceiver and 
goes back to the world. But 
the Lord's disciples had their 



Judas, too. 

All in all, we have seen a 
steady increase. Starting with 
almost nothing in 1968, we 
finished 1977 with 100 bap- 
tized members. Taking com- 
munion in 1968 were 12 
believers and in March of 
1978, we reached an all-time 
high of 50. We certainly praise 
the Lord for His goodness. 

As we look back at the trips 
we have made into the areas 
around Capanema, a centrally 
located town, we always re- 
member the Vila do Carmo. 
That work started when one 
of the members from Capa- 
nema was selling cloth and 
made contact with a man who 
lived at the end of a jungle 
trail about a kilometer in from 
the road. This man was 
interested in God's Word, so I 
started visiting him. Then in 
1975, he moved to Capa- 
nema and together we began 
traveling into that area to 
evangehze. It was about an 
hour's drive from Capanema. 
When I went home on fur- 
lough in 1976, the Lord had 
given us 1 1 baptized believers 
there. The group has now 
grown to over 25 and Bill 
Burk currently works with 
them. 

What now? Bill no sooner 
took over the work at the Vila 
do Carmo when the Lord 
opened a new door for us 20 
km. east of Capanema. It is 
much easier for the laymen of 
the church to reach. We have 
already seen over 20 first-time 
decisions there since January 
1978. Praise the Lord for His 
mighty works! One man was 
drunk when he made his 
decision and hasn't touched a 
drop since! The preaching of 
the cross changes lives and the 
blood of Jesus washes away 
sin. 

When we move we will miss 
the young people-their 
talents, enthusiasm, and prob- 
lems. Many of them are just 



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hke our own children. We 
remember the times of Bible 
study, the questions in prepa- 
ration for the quiz at National 
Youth Camp and the excite- 
ment of winning a trophy. My, 
how the quizzing has im- 
proved over the last 10 years. 
Now we even have to use 
electronic quiz seats to tell 
who is up first, even on the 
hard questions! The music has 
improved dramatically, too. 
The young folks are learning 
to play and sing almost 
professionally. We remember 
how we started out with half a 
dozen young folks and now 
we have almost 30. 

Has our ministry been re- 
warding? Only eternity will 
reveal all the Lord has done in 
these past years. As we seek 
His direction in establishing a 
new work to His glory, we still 
wonder what He has in store 
for our beloved brothers and 
sisters in Capanema. Certainly 
there will come times of 
testing and trial, but our God 
is able to keep His own. Pray 
with us that God will provide 
the right pastor and that the 
people will support him. Pray 
too for the goal of the congre- 
gation: to double in number in 
1978. God has been blessing 
already in the salvation of a 
number of souls since January 
15. 

When you ask, "What will 
you miss about Capanema?" 
certainly it isn't the house or 
the town, but the dear ones 
God has given us to minister 
to. We will certainly miss the 
daily fellowship with these 
brothers, sisters, and children 
in Christ that He has given to 
us as our "family." 

What do we look forward 
to? That God will raise up new 
brothers and sisters in Christ 
in a needy place; and that we 
can take the wonderful Light 
of eternal life in Christ to 
those who walk in darkness. 

Brethren, pray for us! 






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Donita Dyer 



Editor's note: This is the second of a four-part series titled 
"Thirty Years in Christian Education" which focuses on the 
Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach, California. The 
series began in the June 15 issue of the Herald.-CWT 



"Train up a child in the way he should go: and 
when he is old, he will not depart from it. " (Prov. 22:6) 

Grace Christian Schools celebrated its tliirtieth birthday 
in June! Is it any wonder, after nearly three decades of 
pioneering in Christian education, that members of the 
parent church— Grace Brethren of Long Beach— looked 
forward to this significant milestone with eager anticipation 
and grateful hearts? As a congregation, we praise God for 
His guidance through the years, and for His goodness in 
allowing us to see two generations of young people gradu- 
ate from Christ-centered schools— schools where every 
subject is Bible-oriented and every teacher is dedicated to 
God. 

If 1978 is a year for rejoicing, it is also a year for remem- 
bering. We have come a long, long way since the evening 
our first commencement was held under a canvas canopy 
for lack of an auditorium. Little did we realize then that 
one of the outstanding young men in that class of seven, 
Douglas Westfall, Jr., would today be our school superin- 
tendent, and also president of the Western Association of 
Christian Schools. How good God has been to give us a 
number of fine teachers and administrators from among our 
alumni. 

This year, in contrast to that first small class of 7, 91 
seniors will receive diplomas, bringing the total number of 
graduates to 1,496. There have been other changes, also. In 



three decades, our faculty has grown from 6 to 56 (grades 
1-12); the bus fleet has expanded from 1 to 8; and the 
annual budget has soared to an unprecedented $970,000. 
This, of course, does not include the Bible Institute or 
Graduate School-more about them later. 

Facts and figures are interesting, but our main emphasis 
has always been centered on the students themselves. We 
are here to meet their needs and to provide them with 
individual counseling geared toward making them strong in 
the Lord. As a consequence of this close teacher-student 
relationship, many young lives have been committed to 
Christ through the years. We point with gratitude and pride 
to an impressive roster of alumni. A number of Brethren 
ministers, including our own much-loved Pastor Dave 
Hocking, received their early education in our schools. 
Other graduates are now missionaries, businessmen and 
businesswomen, educators, doctors, nurses, lawyers, scien- 
tists, and Christian ambassadors in nearly every walk 
of life. 

Our schools, founded on faith and perpetuated through 
prayer, were first opened in 1947— with an enrollment of 
98 (grades 1-8). Classes were conducted in borrowed, 
makeshift quarters. Today Grace Christian Schools (former- 
ly known as Brethren Church Schools) and Grace Graduate 
School and Grace Bible Institute have two active campuses 
with modern facilities, impressive libraries, two beautiful 
gymnasiums, good equipment, credentia